James Tate

James Tate

About James Tate

James Tate made his debut as a poet in 1967 with the volume of poetry The Lost Pilot, in which he dealt with the loss of his father. After receiving a Guggenheim grant, the two volumes The Oblivion Ha-Ha (1970) and Hints to Pilgrims (1971) were published. Tate, who has held a professorship at the University of Massachusetts since 1971, was also a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University and Emerson College. He published many volumes of poetry like Absences (1972), Viper Jazz (1976), Riven Doggeries (1979), Constant Defender (1983), Reckoner (1986), Distance From Loved Ones (1990) and Selected Poems (1991) for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1992. In 1994 he received the National Book Award in the poetry category for the ensuing collection of poems, Worshipful Company of Fletchers (1993).
Tate, who was also a member of the Poetry Society of America, last published the volume of poetry Shroud of the Gnome in 1997. In 2004 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

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