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Poet and Distinguished Professor, Hunter College, New York

Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Fall 2011


Tom Sleigh, a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, is an American poet, dramatist, and essayist. He has published eight books of poetry, a translation of Euripides’ Herakles, and a book of essays. Five of his plays have been produced. He has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the John Updike Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, an Individual Writer’s Award from the Lila Wallace Fund, an Artists Foundation Award in Playwriting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He currently serves as director of Hunter College’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing and has previously taught at Dartmouth College, University of Iowa, University of California at Berkley, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University. Sleigh’s poems frequently appear in the New Yorker and other publications.