Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell, known for poems that connected the experiences of daily life to larger forces, has died at age 87.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014, 03:26 AM IST

Montpelier: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell, known for poems that connected the experiences of daily life to larger forces, has died at age 87.

Kinnell's wife, Bobbie Bristol, says he died yesterday afternoon at their home in Sheffield, Vermont. He had leukemia.

Kinnell won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983 for selected poems, and the following year he won a MacArthur Genius Fellowship. In 1989, he was named Vermont's poet laureate.

A Rhode Island native, Kinnell graduated from Princeton University.

Bristol says Kinnell had owned property in Vermont since 1960 but started living there full-time in 2005 after he retired from New York University. In August, he was honored at the Vermont Statehouse.

Bristol says her husband is going to be buried on the hill behind their home.