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Poet Franz Wright at the NYS Writers Institute in 2006

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Published on Mar 16, 2009

The son of prominent American poet James Wright, Franz Wright began composing poems in his early teens. Wright's two volumes, Walking to Martha's Vineyard (2003), and God's Silence (2006), reflect a newly embraced Christian spirituality that has helped Wright master his personal demons. God's Silence (2006), represents an affirmation and celebration of his newfound faith. Walking to Martha's Vineyard (2003), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, explores the subjects of love, depression, loneliness, Christianity, and nature, as well as the poet's ambivalent relationship with his late father, poet James Wright. Other collections include The Beforelife (2001), winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Ill Lit: Selected and New Poems (1998), The Night World and the Word Night (1992), and Entry in an Unknown Hand (1989). Wright has also published four books in translation of poetry by Rainer Marie Rilke, Erica Pedretti, and Rene Char. Franz Wright also gave a joint reading at the Writers Institute with Adam Zagajewski on February 27, 2003.

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