Hugh Ogden

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Hugh Ogden (born March 11, 1937 in Erie, Pennsylvania) was an American poet and educator. Ogden was a 1959 graduate of Haverford College. Ogden received his master’s degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He taught at Michigan and then for four decades at Trinity College in Hartford. While at Trinity, Ogden co-founded the College’s creative writing program in 1968.[citation needed]

Ogden has written an estimated 400 to 500 poems, many of which have been published in small presses and magazines, and he has won a National Endowment for the Arts grant and two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships. In 1998, Ogden was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry.[1]

Ogden died on December 31, 2006, after falling through the ice on Rangeley Lake in Oquossoc, Maine.[2][3]

Select publications[edit]

  • Looking for History (1991)
  • Two Roads and This Spring (1993)
  • Windfalls (1996)
  • Natural Things (1998)
  • and Gift (1998)
  • Bringing a Fir Straight Down (2004)
  • Turtle Island Tree Psalms (2006)


  1. ^ "A passionate teacher helps students find their voices in a noisy world". Trinity College. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Poet Hugh Ogden Dies". Hartfordinfo. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Drowned Poet Was Inspired by the Wilds", Jane Gordon, The New York Times, January 7, 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-22.