—member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers — grew up
in Chatham, Virginia. She has published six books of poetry —
Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty, The Lotus
Flowers, Two Trees, Kyrie (a National Book Critics’
Circle Award Finalist), and most recently, Shadow of Heaven
— as well as The Flexible Lyric, a collection of essays.
A Guggenheim, Lila-Wallace, and NEA Fellow, she was awarded the Merrill
Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets and the O.B. Hardison
Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2002. She teaches in the
Warren Wilson College low-residency M.F.A. Program for Writers and is
a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.