Ellen Bryant Voigt

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Voigt at her Cabot, Vermont home in 2015

Ellen Bryant Voigt (born 1943) is an American poet. She has published six collections of poetry and a collection of craft essays. Her poetry collection Shadow of Heaven (2002) was a finalist for the National Book Award and Kyrie (1995) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poetry has been published in several national publications. She served as the Poet Laureate of Vermont for four years and in 2003 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Voigt grew up in Chatham, Virginia, graduated from Converse College, and received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She has taught at M.I.T. and Goddard College where in 1976 she developed and directed the nation's first low-residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. Since 1981 she has taught in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She is married to Fran Voigt formerly an administrator at Goddard College. They have two children, Dudley and Will. She resides in Cabot, Vermont.


  • Voigt, Ellen Bryant (1976). Claiming kin. 
  • The Forces of Plenty (1983)
  • The Lotus Flowers: Poems (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1987. ISBN 0-393-02445-8)
  • Two Trees (1992)
  • Kyrie (1995)
  • The Flexible Lyric (essays) (2001)
  • Shadow of Heaven (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002)
  • Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2007)
  • Headwaters (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013)


  • Owl, 2013.[1]

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  1. ^ Voigt, Ellen Bryant (March 4, 2013). "Owl". The New Yorker 89 (3): 42–43. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 

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