Jay Wright (poet)
|Born||1935 (age 77–78)|
|Language||English, Spanish, Dogon|
|Genres||Lyrical Poetry, American Poetry|
|Notable work(s)||The Double Invention of Komo, Elaine's Book, "Alburquerque Cemetery", "The Cradle Logic of Autumn"|
|Notable award(s)||1986 MacArthur Fellowship, 1996 Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, 2005 Bollingen Prize in Poetry, 2006 American Book Award Lifetime Achievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.|
Jay Wright (born 1935) is an African-American poet, playwright, and essayist. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he currently lives in Bradford, Vermont. Although his work is not as widely known as other American poets of his generation, it has received considerable critical acclaim. Wright's work is emblematic of what the Guyanese-British writer Wilson Harris has termed the "cross-cultural imagination."
After his baseball career, Wright studied comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and Rutgers University. In the 1960s, he befriended fellow African-American author Henry Dumas and later wrote the introduction to Dumas's Play Ebony, Play Ivory: Poetry.
Over the years Wright has been poet in residence at Yale University as well as historically black colleges and universities such as Talladega College, Tougaloo College, Texas Southern University, and the University of Dundee.
- 1986 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (or "Genius") Fellowship
- 1996 Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets
- 2001 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, Transfigurations: Collected Poems
- 2005 Bollingen Prize in Poetry, becoming the first African-American writer to be so honored
- 2006 American Book Award Lifetime Achievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
- Death as History (pamphlet), 1967
- The Homecoming Singer, 1971
- Soothsayers and Omens. Seven Woods Press. 1976. ISBN 978-0-913282-10-6.
- The Double Invention of Komo, 1980
- Explications/Interpretations, University of Virginia, 1984
- Dimensions of History, Kayak, 1984
- Elaine's Book. University Press of Virginia. 1988. ISBN 978-0-8139-1201-1.
- Robert B. Stepto, ed. (1987). Selected Poems. afterword by Harold Bloom. Books on Demand. ISBN 978-0-7837-1946-7.
- Boleros, 1991
- Transfigurations: Collected Poems. Louisiana State University Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8071-2630-1.
- Music's Mask and Measure 2007
- The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two. Louisiana State University Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-8071-3265-4.
- Polynomials and pollen: parables, proverbs, paradigms, and praise for Lois. Dalkey Archive Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1-56478-499-5.
- The presentable art of reading absence. Dalkey Archive Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1-56478-498-8.
- Balloons: A Comedy in One Act, Baker's Plays, 1968
- "Alburquerque Cemetery"
- David Lehman, ed. (2006). The Oxford book of American poetry. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-516251-6.
- J. D. McClatchy, ed. (2003). The Vintage book of contemporary American poetry. Vintage Books. ISBN 978-1-4000-3093-4.
- Wright, Jay. "Albuquerque Graveyard". Smith University. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- Wright, Jay. "The Cradle Logic of Autumn". Transformations. Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- Poets.org – Poetry, Poems, Bios & More – Jay Wright
- "Jay Wright's poetics: an appreciation – Poetry and Poetics".[dead link]
- "Prodigal's Progress: Jay Wright's Focal Center – African American poet". MELUS.[dead link]