Alice Fulton Biography
Alice Fultons first fiction collection, The Nightingales of
Troy: Connected Stories, was published by W.W. Norton in July 2008. Her most
recent book of poems is Cascade Experiment: Selected Poems. Felt
(W.W. Norton 2001), was awarded the 2002 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize
for Poetry from the Library of Congress. This biennial poetry prize is given on
behalf of the nation in recognition of the most distinguished book of poetry
written by an American and published during the preceding two years. Felt
also was selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the Best Books of
2001 and as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her other
books include Sensual Math (W.W. Norton); Powers Of Congress (Sarabande
Books reissue 2001); Palladium (University of Illinois), winner of the 1985
National Poetry Series and the 1987 Society of Midland Authors Award; and
Dance Script With Electric Ballerina (University of Illinois reissue 1996),
winner of The 1982 Associated Writing Programs Award. A collection of prose,
Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry, was published
by Graywolf Press in 1999.
She has received fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, The
Michigan Society of Fellows, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the
National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been included in five editions of
The Best American Poetry series and in the 10th Anniversary edition,The
Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-1997. She has received Pushcart
Prizes in poetry and in fiction, the Bess Hokin award from Poetry, The Elizabeth
Matchett Stover Award from Southwest Review, and the Emily Dickinson and
Consuelo Ford Awards from the Poetry Society of America. Poems also have
appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, Parnassus, The Paris Review, The New
Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other magazines.
Her short story, "Queen Wintergreen," was selected by Louise Erdrich for
inclusion in The Best American Short Stories and anthologized in
Cabbage and Bones: An Anthology of Irish Women's Writing. Another story,
"Happy Dust," was awarded the 1997 Editor's Prize in Fiction by The Missouri
Review. "The Real Eleanor Rigby," was selected for the Pushcart Prize
Joseph Klein's computer music for three of Alice Fulton's poems premiered in the
University of North Texas Center for Experimental Music & Intermedia Concert
Series on April 4, 2005, along with James Worlton's premeire of The Etiquette
of Ice, settings of three poems sung by soprano Heidi Klein and conducted by
Joseph Klein. Anthony Cornicello's ...turns and turns into the night, a
setting of four poems from Sensual Math, premiered in the Works and
Process Series at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, February 2001. The
performance was by the Group for Contemporary Music, with guest soprano Lucy
Shelton. Enid Sutherland's setting of Fulton's poem "Mail" for mezzo-soprano
Deanna Relyea, backup singers, and the Phoenix Ensemble premiered in the Rackham
Auditorium at the University of Michigan in October 2000. The World Premiere of
Sutherland's complete setting of "Give: A Sequence Reimagining Daphne & Apollo"
took place on October 24, 2003, at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in Ann Arbor,
Michigan. William Bolcom included her work in his song cycle I Will Breathe A
Mountain: A Cycle from American Women Poets. Its debut performance was by
Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall's Centennial Celebration. Turbulence: A Romance,
a song cycle with music by William Bolcom and words by Alice Fulton, was
performed by Marsha Hunter and Brian Kent at the Walker Art Center in
Minneapolis in 1997.
Alice Fulton was the 2004 Holloway Poet at University of California, Berkeley.
She has been a Visiting Professor at University of California, Los Angeles; Ohio
State University, Columbus; and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
She was a member of the American Delegation at the 1988 Chinese/American
Writers' Conference, held in Beijing, Xian, Leshan, Wuhan, and Shanghai, Peoples
Republic of China. She has been honored with the university-wide Henry Russel
Award for promise of distinction in writing and excellence in teaching from The
University of Michigan, and with an honorary Doctor of Letters from the State
University of New York.
She is currently the Ann S. Bowers Professor of English at Cornell University.
This biography was last updated on 07/04/2008.
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