Sam Hamill

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Sam Hamill (May 9, 1943 – April 14, 2018) was an American poet and the co-founder of Copper Canyon Press[1] along with Bill O’Daly and Tree Swenson. He also initiated the Poets Against War movement (2003) in response to the Iraq War.[2] In 2003 Hamill he did a poetic tour in Italy, organised by writer Alessandro Agostinelli. After that tour Hamill published his first italian book A Pisan Canto - Un canto pisano.

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

Hamill's most recent book, Habitation: Collected Poems,[4] presents some of Hamill's best poems spanning a career of over 40 years.

Poetry Books[edit]

  • Gratitude: Poems [BOA Editions, Ltd. Rochester NY, 1988]
  • Facing Snow: Visions of Tu Fu [White Pine Press, 1988] (Sam Hamill, translator)
  • Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred T'ang Poems [Tiger Bark Press, 2013] (Sam Hamill, translator)
  • 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).
  • A Pisan Canto - Un canto pisano (2008, Edizioni ETS, Italy)
  • Habitation: Collected Poems (2014, University of Washington Press)

In Anthology

  • Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018, University of Georgia Press)
  • Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (2008, Smokestack Books)


  1. ^ "Copper Canyon founder to leave publishing firm". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 17, 2004.
  2. ^ "Sam Hamill Biography". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Sam Hamill Biography". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Habitation Collected Poems". University of Washington Press. Retrieved April 22, 2018.

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