B.A., Dartmouth College, 1970
Poetry and Poetry Writing
Richard Kenney teaches poetry and verse writing in the Undergraduate and MFA Programs at the University of Washington. For a number of years he has led the U.W. Creative writing summer seminar in Rome. His work is informed by science. He's interested in Celtic and classical literatures. He thinks about human evolution and language origins, the cognitive basis of poetic forms, magical reasoning, and the Darwinian lives of subliterary species such as jokes, riddles, proverbs, charms, spells, nursery rhymes and weather-saws. Among his favorite poets are Shakespeare, Keats, Hopkins, Yeats, Auden, Frost, Larkin, Merrill. Absent the Mediterranean, he lives with his family in Port Townsend, WA.