Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry

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wendell berry, pam spaulding

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WENDELL BERRY was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1934. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 1956 and continued on to complete a master’s degree in 1957. In 1958, he received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

Berry has taught at Stanford University, Georgetown College, New York University, the University of Cincinnati, and Bucknell University. He taught at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky from 1964-77, and again from 1987-93.

The author of more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Wendell Berry has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1962), the Vachel Lindsay Prize from Poetry (1962), a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1965), a National Institute of Arts and Letters award for writing (1971), the Emily Clark Balch Prize from The Virginia Quarterly Review (1974), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Jean Stein Award (1987), a Lannan Foundation Award for Non-Fiction (1989), Membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers (1991), the Ingersoll Foundation’s T. S. Eliot Award (1994), the John Hay Award (1997), the Lyndhurst Prize (1997), and the Aitken-Taylor Award for Poetry from The Sewanee Review (1998). Most recently, he has been awarded the National Humanities Medal (2010) by Barack Obama, and gave the 2012 Jefferson Lecture at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

His books include the novel Hannah Coulter (2004), the essay collections Imagination in Place (2010) and What Matters? (2010), and Leavings: Poems (2010), all available from Counterpoint Press. Berry’s latest works include New Collected Poems (2012) and A Place in Time (2012), Wendell Berry’s newest volume in his Port William series.

He lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky.

He is the author of:

Andy Catlett: Early Travels: A Novel
Another Turn of the Crank: Essays
The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry
Blessed are the Peacemakers: Christ’s Teachings About Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness
Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food
Citizenship Papers: Essays
A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural
Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder
Farming: A Handbook
The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural
Given: Poems
Hannah Coulter: A Novel
The Hidden Wound
Home Economics: Fourteen Essays
Jayber Crow: A Novel
Imagination in Place
It All Turns on Affection: The Jefferson Lecture and Other Essays
Leavings: Poems
Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition
The Memory of Old Jack: A Novel
Nathan Coulter: A Novel
New Collected Poems
Our Only World: Ten Essays
A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of Port William
A Place on Earth: A Novel
The Poetry of William Carlos Williams of Rutherford
Remembering: A
Roots to the Earth: Poems and a Story
The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry
Standing by Words: Essays
Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry
That Distant Land: The Collected Stories
This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems
Traveling at Home: With Wood Engravings by John DePol
The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky’s Red River Gorge
The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays
What Are People For?: Essays
What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth
Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World
Window Poems: With Wood Engravings by Wesley Bates
A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014