Craig Arnold

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Craig Arnold (November 16, 1967 – c. April 27, 2009) was an American poet and professor. His first book of poems, Shells (1999), was selected by W. S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.[1] His many honors include the 2005 Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in literature, The Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, an Alfred Hodder Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, an NEA fellowship, and a MacDowell Fellowship.[2][3]


Arnold taught poetry at the University of Wyoming.[4] His poems have appeared in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 1998 and The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, and in literary journals including Poetry, The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Barrow Street, New Republic and Yale Review.[5] Arnold grew up in the United States, Europe and Asia. He received his B.A. in English from Yale University in 1990 and his PhD in creative writing from the University of Utah in 2001.[3] He was also a musician, and performed as a member of the band Iris.:[6]


On April 27, 2009, Arnold went missing on the small volcanic island of Kuchinoerabujima, Japan. He went for a solo hike to explore an active volcano on the island and never returned to the inn where he was staying. While Japanese law mandates government-backed searches for three days, on April 30, 2009, the Japanese government agreed to extend the search an additional three days.[7] Arnold was not found, and the search was then picked up by the international NGO 1st Special Response Group.[8] Craig Arnold's trail was found near a high cliff, and he was presumed to have died from a fatal fall near the date of his disappearance.[9]

A collection of poetry, Love, an Index, written by Arnold's partner Rebecca Lindenberg and telling the story of their relationship, was published in March 2012.[10]

A detailed account of Craig's last few days and the extensive search, entitled An Exchange for Fire,[11] was written by Christopher Blasdel and appeared in the anthology My Postwar Life: New Writings from Japan and Okinawa, published by Chicago Quarterly Review Books, January, 2012.[12]


  • Arnold, Craig. 1999. Shells. Yale series of younger poets, v. 93. New Haven: Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-07909-5
  • Arnold, Craig. 2008. Made Flesh. Keene, NY: Ausable Press. ISBN 978-1-931337-42-7
  • fleischgeworden (selected poems, translated into German by Jan Volker Röhnert, luxbooks, 2008)

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  1. ^ " - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More - Other Major Poetry Awards". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. 
  2. ^ "American Academy in Rome - The Rome Prize - 2005-06 Recipients". 
  3. ^ a b Wayweiser Press> The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize 2006 > Two Poems from Craig Arnold's Made Flesh Followed by a Note on the Author Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Wyoming Authors Wiki / Craig Arnold". Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Middlebury College > Public Affairs > News > Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers' Conference 1999 Schedule of Lectures and Readings > July 30, 1999". Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Craig Arnold". Poetry Foundation. 14 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Hanna, Jason. "Search for U.S. professor in Japan extended through Tuesday -". Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  8. ^ Yamaguchi, Mari (2009-05-06). "Trackers find trail of missing US poet in Japan". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  9. ^ University of Wyoming > News Release > News Release: UW Poet and Professor Believed to Have Died After Fall > May 8, 2009
  10. ^ "Love, An Index". 
  11. ^ Blasdel, Christopher (2011). "An Exchange for Fire— The Final Pilgrimage of Poet Craig Arnold" (PDF). Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Making a life after surviving the war - The Japan Times". 
  13. ^ a b "Graduate School - The University of Texas at Austin". 
  14. ^ a b "Welcome - Yale University Press". 

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