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Chase Twichell

Chase Twichell

Chase Twichell was born in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned her BA from Trinity College and MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A practicing Buddhist, she is the author of eight books of poetry, and her work often reflects her spiritual practice.

Twichell’s early books of poetry include Northern Spy (1981), The Odds (1986), Perdido (1991), The Ghost of Eden (1995), and The Snow Watcher (1998). Introducing the last book to readers of the Washington Post, poet and critic Robert Pinsky describes the poems as “full of sharp observation, both of the world and herself, unsentimental poems with a sinewy intellectual toughness, and, as the book progresses, they open out into a stark, sometimes bewildered clarity.” More recent work includes the poetry collections Dog Language (2005), and Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010), which won the Kingsley Tufts Award. Her most recent book is Things as It Is (2018). With Tony K. Stewart, Twichell co-translated Rabindranath Tagore’s The Lover of God (2003). And with Robin Behn she co-edited the volume The Practice of Poetry (1992).

Twichell’s work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artists’ Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught at Princeton University, Goddard College, Warren Wilson College, the University of Alabama, and Hampshire College. In 1999 she left teaching to form Ausable Press, a nonprofit, independent literary press that she operated until it was acquired by Copper Canyon Press in 2009. Twichell has lived for many years in the Adirondacks with her husband, the novelist Russell Banks.