Rae Armantrout is an American poet generally associated with Language Poets. She was born in Vallejo, California but grew up in San Diego. She has published more than 10 books of poetry and has been featured in numerous anthologies.
Armantrout teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics. She was awarded the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for her collection of poetry Versed, published by the Wesleyan University Press. The book later earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her work has been honored with an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.
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