“To live poetry is better than to write it.” — BASHO

Clayton Eshleman

Clayton Eshleman has been at the heart of American poetry since the early 1960s. His poems, critical essays, and translations of poets as important and diverse as Cesar Vallejo, Aime Cesaire, Pablo Neruda, Antonin Artaud, Vladimir Holan, Henri Michaux, and Bernard Bador have earned him (and his fellow co-translators in some cases) a National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and two Landon Translation Prizes from the Academy of  American Poets. In 1994, he was a fellow at the Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. Eshleman was also the founder and editor of literary journals Caterpillar (1967–1973) and Sulfur (1981–2000). During his career he has published over forty books. A new collection of poetry, Anticline (Black Widow) appeared in the spring of 2010. Eshleman lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a Professor Emeritus at Eastern Michigan University, with his wife Caryl. For several decades they have led yearly tours to the Ice Age painted caves of southwestern France, sponsored by the Ringling School of Design, in Sarasota, Florida.