Thomas Bolt

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Thomas Bolt (born 1959 in Washington, D.C.) is an American poet and artist.

He attended public and private schools. He was a pre-college scholarship student at the Corcoran School of Art and received a B.A. in English (cum laude) and Art from the University of Virginia.

His paintings have been shown in group exhibitions in New York. Land (1982), a hand-printed book of his poems and etchings, is in the rare book collections of the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia.

His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, BOMB, and Southwest Review (where his long poem, "Wedgwood," won an award for the best poem the quarterly published in 1994).

He has read from his work in New York (at Mad Alex Presents, the Limbo Reading Series, the Poetry Society of America, the Alliance Stage Poets' Reading Series, and the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y),[1] and in Rome (at the Villa Aurelia). He lives in New York City.


  • Rome Prize for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters[2]
  • Yale Younger Poets Prize
  • The Peter I. B. Lavin Younger Poet Award of the American Academy of Poets [3]
  • Ingram Merrill Fellowship
  • 1997 Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts


  • Thomas Bolt, BOMB, Issue 45 Fall 1993[4]
  • At the Motel of the Villa of the Mysteries, Literary Imagination 2005 7: 258-261[5]



  • 1971 Pontiac LeMans, The Paris Review, No. 109, Winter 1988[6]
  • Sixty Years of American Poetry (Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1996).
  • "A Cluster of Sunsets," in the Autumn 1997 issue of Southwest Review
  • Two Poems, The Paris Review, No. 154, Spring 2000[7]



Publishers Weekly:

Bolt handles his subject matter with admirable attention to detail and precision of language; he ranges easily from adjective-replete accounts to stark, minimalist statements[8]


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