Prizes and AwardsAccomplishments

The Editor's Prize for non-fiction, Summer, 1998, The Florida Review; finalist, 2004

Honorable Mention, Gertrude Claytor Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America, 1993

Fellow in Poetry, Wesleyan Writers Conference, 1993

NEA Literature Fellowship (poetry), 1984-85

Bread Loaf Fellow in Poetry, 1982

Massachusetts Artists Fellowship, 1977-78

Gerald Warner Brace Poetry Prize, Boston University, 1973

Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1967-68

Book-of-the-Month Club/CEA Writing Fellowship, 1967-68



Poetry reading for The Amherst Poetry Festival, September 22, 2013

Talk on "Jumbo and Little Phil: Emily Dickinson's Romance with Judge Otis Phillips Lord," August 25, 2013, Monadnock Summer Lyceum, Peterborough, NH.

"My Business is to Sing," an interdisciplinary symposium "giving voice to poetry by Emily Dickinson," Wellesley College, March 13, 2013. Presentation of excerpts from film on Dickinson and music, "My Business is to Sing," with pianist Lois Shapiro, soprano Sarah Pelletier, and composer Eric Sawyer.

"Emily Dickinson and Otis Phillips Lord," Salem Athenaeum, January, 2012

Introduction to Monadnock Music concert on Emily Dickinson, July 23, 2011

"Emily Dickinson and Small-Town Crime," (2013) "Emily Dickinson and Balloons," (2012) "The Lord Letters," (2011) "Emily Dickinson's Poems of Imprisonment," (2010) "Emily Dickinson's Winter Poems," (2009) talks for the Poetry Discussion Group, Emily Dickinson Museum

Moderator, NEA Panel, "The Big Read," May, 2009

"Emily Dickinson and War," New England Society of Brooklyn, March, 2006

"Dickinson's Enigmas," Poetry in the Garden Series, Dickinson Museum, Summer, 2005

"On Richard Wilbur's 'This Pleasing, Anxious Being,'" Tribute to Richard Wilbur, Amherst College, April, 2005

"On Writing," Informal talk to Amherst College Alumni, Rockland, Maine, 2004

"Everything I Know About Writing," Hartsbrook School, February, 2004; Informal talk to Amherst Alumni of Maine, Rockport, August, 2004

Reading and informal lecture on poetry, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, December, 1996

Panel Discussion on Writing, Deerfield Academy, May, 1994

Smith College Library, "Journeys to Nowhere," (Frost, Wilbur, Bishop), March, 1993

"On Emily Dickinson," Unitarian Church of Amherst, May, 1992

"Emily Dickinson's Authority," Amherst Alumni Program, Class of 1954, June, 1989

"Two Powerful Words of Emily Dickinson," Anglistisches Seminar, University of Heidelberg, June, 1983

"Reading Emily Dickinson," Emily Dickinson International Sesquicentennial Symposium, December, 1980

"On Sylvia Plath," Smith College, Mount Holyoke College (1976, 1979)



Sunderland Public Library; Berkshire Arts Festival; Pittsfield County Jail; Smith College; Boston University; Amherst College; Mount Holyoke College; Berkshire Athenaeum; The Berkshire School; Bread Loaf Writers Conference; Wesleyan Writers Conference; AIR Gallery (NYC); Trident Bookstore (Boston); Newton Town Library; Blacksmith Poetry Series, Cambridge; Alice James Books Tenth Anniversary Celebration (Harvard University); Grolier Poetry Series (Cambridge), 1999 and 2005; Jeffrey Amherst Bookshop; Jones Library (Amherst); Book and Plough Festival, Amherst; Deutsche Haus of Heidelberg; Smith College Art Museum; Williston Northampton School; Axton Series, University of Louisville; Marlboro College; Reading for Greenpeace, Manchester, VT; Poets for Obama, September, 2012, Northampton, MA.