Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart WF ’62 is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and a professor of English at Wellesley College. He is the 2018 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, both in poetry, for his work Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016. The Pulitzer committee called the work “a volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms.”

Dr. Bidart is the author of Metaphysical Dog, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, Watching the Spring Festival, Star Dust, Desire, and In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965–90.


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