William Carpenter (writer)

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William Carpenter
Born October 31, 1940
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Occupation Author, Poet
Nationality American
Genre poetry fiction
Literary movement College of the Atlantic
Notable awards Associated Writing Program’s Contermporary Poetry Award, 1980
Samuel French Morse Prize, 1985
National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1985
The New York Public Library “Books for the Teen Age,” 1995
Spouse Donna Gold


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William Carpenter is the author of three books of poetry, The Hours of Morning, Poems 1976-1979 (University Press of Virginia, 1981), Rain (Northeastern University Press, 1985), Speaking Fire at Stones (Tilbury House, 1992), and (to date) two novels, A Keeper of Sheep (Milkweed Editions, 1996) and The Wooden Nickel (Little, Brown & Co., 2002).


Born and raised in New England, he earned his B.A. from Dartmouth and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He began publishing poetry in 1976, and won the Associated Writing Program’s Contemporary Poetry Award in 1980. In 1985 he received the Samuel French Morse Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He moved to Maine in 1972 to help found the College of the Atlantic, a school dedicated to human ecology and the environment, where he remains a faculty member.[1]


  1. ^ Author's biography, accessed January 1, 2010.