Bio

Kathleen Spivack is the author of With Robert Lowell and His Circle (University Press of New England, 2012), a touching and deeply revealing look into the lives and thoughts of some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Her previous books include: A History of Yearning, Winner of the Sows Ear International Poetry Prize 2010, first runner up in the New England Book Festival, and winner of the London Book Festival; Moments of Past Happiness (Earthwinds/Grolier Editions 2007); The Beds We Lie In (Scarecrow 1986), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; The Honeymoon (Graywolf 1986); Swimmer in the Spreading Dawn (Applewood 1981); The Jane Poems (Doubleday 1973); and Flying Inland (Doubleday 1971). She's presently working on a novel, Unspeakable Things. She is a recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award 2010, the 2010 Erica Mumford Award, and the 2010 Paumanok Award. Published in numerous magazines and anthologies, some of her work has been translated into French. Other publications include The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Agni, New Letters, and others. Her work is featured in numerous anthologies. She has also won several International Solas Prizes for "Best Essays."

Kathleen Spivack has been a visiting professor of American Literature/Creative Writing (one semester annually) in France since 1990. She has held posts at the University of Paris VII-VIII, the University of Francoise Rabelais, Tours, the University of Versailles, and at the Ecole Superieure (Polytechnique). She was a Fulbright Senior Artist/Professor in Creative Writing in France (1993-95). Her poetry has been featured at festivals in France and in the U.S. She reads and performs in theatres, and she also works with composers. Her song cycles and longer pieces have been performed worldwide.

A student and friend of poet Robert Lowell, Ms. Spivack has written about the poets of his time, notably Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and others who took her under their wing, with a focus on how they approached their work.

She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; Bunting Institute; two Radcliffe Institute fellowships; Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities; the Fulbright Commission and others. A Discovery winner, she has held residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, Karolyi, and the American Academy in Rome. An international writing coach, Kathleen Spivack directs the Advanced Writing Workshop, created through the NEA, an intensive program for professional writers. She has taught in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Barbados, at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in its early days, and for the Holland America Line. She also teaches in Santa Fe, Aspen, IWWG/ Skidmore, Brown and other programs throughout the United States and abroad.


Some Recent Publications


“Open Studio: Landscape Painting.” “Tipping Point.” Poems. The Spoon River Poetry Review: 2005, 2007

“The Shapes in the Fire.” Women Wearing White.” Poems. Oberon: 2005, 2007

“Shining”: song cycle of poems, set to music by composer Eva Kendrick for five singers and chamber orchestra. Performed Cambridge, Boston, Providence, Los Angeles, 2005-2006.

“The Submarine Atlantis: For Marlaina Nugent.” Poem. Gulf Stream: Spring 2006.

“Photographs Already Fading.” Poem: The Southern California Anthology: Winter/Spring 2006.

“Mouth Organ” and “You Must Change Your Life.” Poems. The Cafe Review: 2006.

“Seeming to Happen.” Poem. The Tampa Review: 2006.

“Wood.” Poem. The Ledge: 2006.

“Biology.” Short Story. Confrontation: Spring 2007.

“Refugee Love.” Short Story. Karamu: Spring 2007.

“To Leave.” Poem. Ploughshares: 1999. Poesis: 2007

“Rilke was Miserable Here.” Essay. The Harvard Review: 1997. Best Travelers Tales: 2007. Solas Prize, Silver: 2010

“From the Window.” Essay. Best Women’s Travel Writing: 2007.

“The Writing Exercise.” Now Write. Ed.Ellis. Tarcher Books: 2007.

“Distances Beyond the Eye.” Story. The Greensboro Review: 2007

“Language.” Essay. The Massachusetts Review: 2007

“yes I say outspread.” Poem. Atlanta Review: 2007

“Concert Notes.” Poem. Inkwell: 2007

“Earth’s Burnt Umber.” Poem. Madison Review: 2007

Moments of Past Happiness. Book. Earthwinds Editions/ Grolier. 2007

“True Stories.” Essay. Best Women’s Travel Writing: 2008. Solas Prize, Silver: 2010

“Sneaker Love.” Essay. North American Review: 2008

“Love of High Places.” Short Story. Hawai’i Pacific Review: 2008

“The Empty Rocker.” Essay. Best Travel Writing: 2009. Solas International Grand Prize: 2009

“By Any Other Name: A Love Story.” Essay. Best Women’s Travel Writing: 2009

A History of Yearning. Poetry Chapbook. Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Prize: 2010

“Notes of a Witness.” Worcester Review: 2010

“Carbonized.” Short Story. The Harvard Review 2010