Rae Armantrout is an American poet generally associated with Language poetry. Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California but grew up in San Diego. She was the 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry for her collection Versed, a Guggenheim Fellow and the Recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award. Armantrout teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics. Her most recent collection, Partly: New and Selected Poems, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2016.
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