M.F.A. in Poetry, Iowa Writers Workshop 1984
M.A. in English, University of Missouri-Columbia 1982
B.A. in English, University of California-Riverside 1975
Deborah Digges was born and raised on an apple orchard in Central Missouri. She is the author of four books of poems, a book of translations, and two memoirs. Her first book of poetry, VESPER SPARROWS (Atheneum), won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize (best first book published in two years) from New York University in 1987. VESPER SPARROWS has been reprinted twice by Carnegie Mellon’s Classic Contemporary Series.
A second book of poems, LATE IN THE MILLENNIUM, was published by Knopf in 1989. Digges’ third collection, ROUGH MUSIC (Alfred A Knopf) was published in 1995 and won the Kingsley Tufts Prize for the best book published that year. Also in 1995 BALLAD OF THE BLOOD, the poems of Cuban dissident poet Maria Cruz Varela, appeared from the Ecco Press. Digges’ fourth collection of poems, TRAPEZE (Knopf), was published in 2004. A new book of poems, DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS, is forthcoming from Knopf in the spring of 2008.
Digges is the author of two memoirs, FUGITIVE SPRING (Knopf) 1989), and THE STARDUST LOUNGE, stories from a boy’s adolescence, published by Nan Talese, Random House, 2000.
Digges loves animals and has four dogs and a cat. She is a volunteer at an animal shelter in Amherst, Ma where she lives. She also frequently travels to East Africa where she works with children at the Tumaini Orphanage at the foot of Mount Kenya.
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Digges's Curriculum Vitae.
- The natural sciences
- The origin and history of words
- Forms of Poetry
- The Architecture of the Imagination
- Poets in Their Youth
- Dickinson, Bishop and Plath
- Poets in Exile
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