George Elliston Poetry Fund

The George Elliston Poetry Fund has fostered the development of promising young poets and honored the achievement of established poets since 1951. Each year, through the Poet-in-Residence Program, a distinguished poet comes to campus to give public lectures and readings and conduct poetry seminars and workshops. The Elliston Fund also supports a lecture series that has recently brought such speakers as Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, Adrienne Rich, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and Margaret Atwood to campus.

One of the best collections of contemporary poetry in the country—over 10,000 books, magazines, records, and tapes relating to 20th century poetry—is now housed in the Elliston Poetry Room, located in the Langsam Library. Students and faculty interested in modern poetry can also take advantage of reading space and listening facilities there, as well as frequent workshops and student poetry readings. An online digital audio archive of poetry readings and lectures recorded in the Elliston Poetry Room is currently being developed. Within the Department of English, the Elliston Fellowship supports the studies of outstanding doctoral students in the area of poetry.

2018-19 Elliston Poet-in-Residence

Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle is the author of twelve books of poetry, including My Private Property (2016) and Trances from the Blast (2013), as well as two collections of prose, and other writings. Her Selected Poems won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has received numerous other literary honors, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Robert Creeley Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Whiting Award. She is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and published in A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006). She lives in Vermont.

Past Elliston Poets-in-Residence

2017-18 Amit Majmudar 1984-85 Jean Valentine
2016-17 Denise Duhamel 1983-84 Jon Silkin
2015-16 Carl Phillips 1982-83 Thom Gunn
2014-15 Mary Szybist 1981-82 Carolyn Kizer
2013-14 C.K. Williams 1980-81 Michael Harper  
2012-13 Claudia Emerson 1979-80 John Ashbery   
2011-12 Terrance Hayes 1978-79 Louise Glück
2010-11 Albert Goldbarth 1977-78 Philip Levine   
2009-10 Alice Fulton 1976-77 Gary Snyder
2008-09 Lynn Emanuel 1975-76 William Stafford
2007-08 John Koethe 1974-75 Wendell Berry
2006-07 David St. John 1973-74 Denise Levertov
2005-06 Molly Peacock 1972-73 Robert Wallace
2004-05 Carl Dennis 1971-72 Louis Simpson
2003-04 C.D. Wright 1970-71 John Wain
2002-03 Linda Gregerson 1969-70 John Hollander   
2001-02 Henry Taylor 1968-69 David Wagoner
2000-01 Rodney Jones 1967-68 Donald Justice   
1999-00 Jane Hirshfield 1966-67 Donald Hall
1998-99 Wyatt Prunty 1965-66 Denis Donoghue   
1997-98 Jay Wright 1964-65 Daniel Hoffman
1996-97 Ellen Bryant Voigt 1963-64 Donald Davie
1995-96 Dave Smith 1962-63 John Press
1994-95 David Lehman 1961-62 Richard Eberhart
1993-94 Marilyn Nelson Waniek 1960-61 David Daiches
1992-93 Heather McHugh 1959-60 Karl Shapiro
1991-92 John Haines 1958-59 Randall Jarrell   
1990-91 Jane Flanders 1957-58 John Betjeman
1989-90 Alfred Corn 1955-56 Robert Frost
1988-89 Marilyn Hacker 1954-55 Robert Lowell   
1987-88 Mary Oliver 1953-54 Stephen Spender   
1986-87 Marge Piercy 1952-53 John Berryman
1985-86 Richard Howard 1951-52  Robert P. Tristram Coffin