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William Pitt Root's numerous poetry collections include The Storm and Other Poems, Reasons For Going It On Foot, Faultdancing and Trace Elements from a Recurring Kingdom: The First Five Books of William Pitt Root. Honors accorded his poetry, which appears in The Atlantic, New Yorker, The Nation, and Poetry, include grants from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts; a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and a United States/United Kingdom Exchange Artist Fellowship. Root's work, published in twenty languages, has won the Stanley Kunitz Prize and Guy Owen awards, and three Pushcart Prizes.

Root's academic career includes periods at Hunter College-CUNY, the University of Montana, Amherst College, Interlochen Arts Academy, New York University, and Distinguished Visiting Writer residencies at Pacific Lutheran and Wichita State Universities. Most recently he has served as the John C. Hodges visiting writer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He and his wife, poet Pamela Uschuk, live primarily in the West with a cadre of four-legged companions and enjoy traveling widely to teach and read from their works at home and abroad.

As a child growing up where the Everglades meet the Gulf of Mexico, Root often smuggled a radio into his bed nights so he could hear the late night Spanish broadcasts from Havana. "That music came from a part of the universe where people knew how to live their lives far more passionately than anyone I'd ever met. I was mesmerized and heartened by all that energy, all that poetry, as a kid. I still am."

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