Richard Tillinghast

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

PO Box 161
Papaikou, HI 96781

Author's Bio

Richard Tillinghast has published twelve books of poetry and five of creative nonfiction. His most recent publication is Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places, 2017. He studied with Robert Lowell at Harvard and later wrote a critical memoir, Robert Lowell’s Life and Work: Damaged Grandeur. His Selected Poems came out in 2010, and in 2010 he was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in poetry in addition to a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in translation for Dirty August, his versions of poems by the Turkish poet, Edip Cansever, written in collaboration with his daughter, the poet Julia Clare Tillinghast. His 2012 travel book, An Armchair Traveller’s History of Istanbul, published in London, was nominated for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. He has been a faculty member at Harvard, Berkeley, the Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program and the University of Michigan, and is one of the founders of the Bear River Writers’ Conference. Richard retired from the University of Michigan in 2005 as an Emeritus Professor and lived in Ireland for six years, moving back to this country in 2011. He now lives most of the year in Hawaii and spends his summers in Tennessee.


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Creative Nonfiction

Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places (University of Tennessee Press, 2017)
Journals: ,
The New Criterion


Wayfaring Stranger (Word Palace Press, 2012)
Six Mile Mountain (Story Line Press, 2000)
Today in the Cafe Trieste (Salmon Publishing, 1997)
The Stonecutter's Hand (David R. Godine, 1995)
Our Flag Was Still There (Wesleyan University Press, 1984)
Atlantic Monthly
Paris Review
The New Yorker
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National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Grants from the Irish Arts Council, British Council, American Research Institute in Turkey, Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation.

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Memphis, TN
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Memphis, TN
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Last update: May 09, 2019