An Interview with Wyatt Prunty on The Kacy Kowars
Wyatt Prunty’s eight books
of poetry areThe Lover's Guide to Trapping (2009),
Unarmed and Dangerous: New and Selected Poems (2000), Since the Noon
Mail Stopped (1997), The Run of the House (1993), Balance as Belief (1989), What
Women Know, What Men Believe (1986), and The Times Between (1982), all published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Domestic of the Outer Banks (Inland Boat Press)
appeared in 1980. A critical work on contemporary poetry, Fallen from the Symboled
World: Precedents for the New Formalism, is available from Oxford University Press. Sewanee
Writers on Writing, a collection of essays by Russell Banks, John Casey, Ellen Douglas, Horton Foote, Ernest Gaines,
Anthony Hecht, John Hollander, Diane Johnson, Donald Justice, Romulus Linney, Alice McDermott, Marsha Norman, Francine Prose,
and Wyatt Prunty (editor), is available from Louisiana State University Press.
His poems and essays have appeared in such periodicals as the New
Yorker, New Republic , American
Scholar, Poetry, Parnassus , New Criterion, Boulevard, and the
Yale, Southern, Kenyon , Georgia
, and Sewanee reviews. He has taught in the graduate program of the Johns Hopkins
Writing Seminars, where he held the Elliott Coleman Professorship of Poetry. He has taught poetry
and poetry writing at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf School of English, Washington and Lee University,
Louisiana State University, and elsewhere.
Currently he is Ogden D. Carlton Professor of English at Sewanee, where he teaches poetry and where he founded
and directs the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Tennessee Williams Fellowship and residency
program. In conjunction
with the Overlook Press, he founded and edits the Sewanee Writers’ Series. His
honors and awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and
the Brown Foundation; the Elliston Chair, University of Cincinnati ; the John Atherton Fellowship in Poetry, Bread Loaf; and
a Johns Hopkins University Fellowship in Poetry.