Emily Dickinson Museum's Tell it Slant Award
honoring Richard Wilbur '42
A reading by former Poet Laureate of the United States, Richard Wilbur '42. Following the reading and remarks, author and essayist Christopher Benfey joined Wilbur on stage for an informal and wide-ranging interview. The Emily Dickinson Museum awarded Richard Wilbur its annual Tell it Slant Award, created to honor individuals whose work, in any field, embodies the creative spirit of Emily Dickinson.
About Richard Wilbur '42
A former Poet Laureate of the United States, Richard Wilbur's first poem was published at the age of eight in John Martin's Magazine. Wilbur received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award for his 1956 collection Things of This World. Another Pulitzer was awarded in 1989 for New and Collected Poems. His other honors include the Frost Medal, two PEN translation awards, the National Medal of Arts, the National Translation Award and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Wilbur is a 1942 graduate of Amherst College and has maintained strong ties with the school. He taught as the John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer in 2008, and read his poem "Altitudes," inspired by Emily Dickinson and her work, at the founding ceremony of the Emily Dickinson Museum in 2003 and at President Biddy Martin's inauguration ceremony in 2011.