Sam Hamill

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Sam Hamill is an American poet and the co-founder of Copper Canyon Press[1] along with Bill O’Daly and Tree Swenson. He is also the initiator of the Poets Against War movement (2003), which he set up in response to the Iraq War.[2]

Hamill has been awarded the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award.[3]

In 1996, Hamill edited The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-Five Years of Poetry From Copper Canyon Press.[4] In his introduction, Hamill writes an in-depth personal history about Copper Canyon's path, its commitment to publishing poetry exclusively, and how the press strives to divide its publication list between younger emerging poets, major works by established poets, and poetry in translation.

Hamill's most recent book, Habitation: Collected Poems,[5], presents some of Hamill's best poems spanning a career of over 40 years.

Poetry Books[edit]

  • Destination Zero: Poems 1970–1995 (1995).
  • The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-Five Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press (1996, Copper Canyon Press)(Sam Hamill, editor)
  • Almost Paradise: New and Selected Poems and Translations (2005).
  • Measured by Stone (2007).
  • Habitation: Collected Poems (2014, University of Washington Press)


  1. ^ "Copper Canyon founder to leave publishing firm". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 17 December 2004. 
  2. ^ "Sam Hamill Biography". Poetry Foundation. 
  3. ^ "Sam Hamill Biography". 
  4. ^ "The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-Five Years of Poetry". Copper Canyon Press. 
  5. ^ "Habitation Collected Poems". University of Washington Press. 

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