photo: Frank Wing
Voigt is an American poet, essayist, and professor of creative writing. Since receiving her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa's much celebrated Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1966, Voigt has published eight volumes of poetry as well as two collections of essays. The most decorated of these works are Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 (2007), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; Shadow of Heaven (2002), a finalist for the National Book Award; and Kyrie (1995), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Voigt is also the author of Headwaters (2013); The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song (2009); The Flexible Lyric (2001); Two Trees (1992); The Lotus Flowers (1987); The Forces of Plenty (1983); and Claiming Kin (1976). Selected poems and essays from her collections have appeared in a variety of academic journals, magazines, and anthologies including The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry.
In addition to and as the result of her distinguished writing career, Voigt has served as the Poet Laureate of Vermont (1999-2003) and Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets (2003-2007). She has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Fellowship, a Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.
Voigt currently resides in Cabot, Vermont and is a faculty member for the low-residency Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers.