Ishion Hutchinson

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Ishion Hutchinson
BornPort Antonio, Jamaica
OccupationProfessor[1], Poetry
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies,
New York University,
University of Utah

Ishion Hutchinson is a Jamaican poet and essayist.


Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica.[2] He received a BA from the University of the West Indies, an MFA from New York University, and completed graduate studies at the University of Utah.[3][2]

His poetry and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Review (UK), Narrative, New Letters, Granta, Gulf Coast, The Huffington Post, The Wolf (UK), Prairie Schooner,[4] Attica, Caribbean Review of Books, and the LA Review.[2]

He currently teaches courses in poetry and creative writing at Cornell University and serves as contributing editor to the literary journal, Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

His first collection, Far District, published by Peepal Tree Press (UK), won the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry.[6] Hutchinson is also the recipient of the 2013 Whiting Award[7] and the 2011 Academy of American Poets' Larry Levis Prize.[8] His 2016 collection, House of Lords and Commons won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.[9] He won a 2019 Windham–Campbell Literature Prize in Poetry.[10]



  • Far district : poems. 2010.
  • House of Lords and Commons. 2016.
List of poems
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
The old professor's book 2018 "The old professor's book". The New Yorker. 94 (28): 37. September 17, 2018.


  1. ^ "Five Questions for Ishion Hutchinson".
  2. ^ a b c "Ishion Hutchinson". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  3. ^ "University of Utah | Alumni Connection". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ "This Year's Award Winners | Whiting Writers' Awards | Programs | Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation". Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Department of English at Cornell University | People". Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  6. ^ Holly Bynoe (13 August 2011). "Ishion Hutchinson wins PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry". Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  7. ^ Julie Bosman, "10 Receive Whiting Writers' Awards", The New York Times, 21 October 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  8. ^ Geoffrey Philp (17 May 2011). "Ishion Hutchinson Wins Academy of American Poets' Larry Levis Prize". Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  9. ^ Daniel Aloi (20 March 2017). "Hutchinson wins National Book Critics Circle poetry award". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Ishion Hutchinson". Windham–Campbell Literature Prizes. March 12, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.

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