Lynda Hull

Lynda Hull

About Lynda Hull

Lynda Hull, born December 5, 1954, is an American poet who died in 1994 after a car accident. She published two volumes of poetry before her death. A third volume of her poetry, titled The Only World, was released posthumously in 1995 by her husband, the author and poet David Wojahn. The Only World was nominated for the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Another book, Collected Poems By Lynda Hull, was published in 2006. She was the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. She was also a recipient of four Pushcart Prize. Her work has been widely published in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers, including Poetry, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review and The Kenyon Review. She was a professor of English at Indiana University and De Paul University. She was also the poetry editor of the literary magazine Crazyhorse, which has an annual Poetry Prize named in her honor: the Lynda Hull Memoir Poetry Prize. Born and raised in Newark, N.J., Hull won a scholarship at the age of sixteen to attend Princeton University. However, she ran away from home and spent the next decade struggling with heroin addiction. She also lived in many different cities, including several Chinatowns, following her marriage to a Chinese immigrant. In the early ‘80s, Hull enrolled at Arkansas University at Little Rock, where she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and Johns Hopkins University, where she obtained her master’s degree in political science. During her time at UAM, she re-established contact with her family and met her husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet David wojahn, in 1984.
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