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Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American Poet, educator. Recipient award American Academy and Institute Arts and Letters, 1985, President's medal Eastern Washington University, 1988, 4 Governor's award State of Washington, 1965, 85, 95, 98, Silver medal Commonwealth Club, 1997, Aiken Taylor prize Sewanee Review, 1998.


Kizer, Carolyn Ashley was born on December 10, 1925 in Spokane, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of Benjamin Hamilton and M. (Ashley) Kizer.


Bachelor, Sarah Lawrence College, 1945. Postgraduate (Chinese government fellow in comparative literature), Columbia University, 1947. Studied poetry with Theodore Roethke, University Washington, 1954.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Whitman College, 1986. Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. Andrew's College, 1989. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Mills College, 1990.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Washington State University, 1991.


Specialist in literature United States Department State, Pakistan, 1964-1965. First director literature programs National Endowment for Arts, 1966-1970. Poet-in-residence University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1970-1974.

Hurst Professor Literature Washington University, St. Louis, 1971. Lecturer Spring Lecture Series Barnard College, 1972. Acting director graduate writing program Columbia University, 1972.

Poet-in-residence Ohio University, 1974. Visiting poet Iowa Writer's Workshop, 1975. Professor University Maryland, 1976-1977.

Poet-in-residence, distinguished visiting lecturer Centre College, Kentucky, 1979. Distinguished visiting poet East Washington University, 1980. Elliston professor poetry University Cincinnati, 1981.

Bingham distinguished professor University Louisville, Kentucky, 1982. Distinguished visiting poet Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, 1982. Visiting poet State University of New York, Albany, 1982.

Professor Columbia University School Arts, 1982. Professor poetry Stanford University, 1986. Senior fellow in humanities Princeton University, 1986.

Visiting professor writing University Arizona, 1989, 90, University California, Davis, 1991. Coal Royalty chair University Alabama, 1995. Participant International Poetry Festivals, London, 1960, 70, Yugoslavia, 1969, 70, Pakistan, 1969, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1970, Knokke-le-Zut, Belgium, 1970, Bordeaux, 1992, Dublin, 1993, Glasgow, 1994.

Senior fellow humanities council Princeton University, 1986.



Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Amnesty International, Poetry Society American (Masefield prize 1983, Frost medal 1988), Academy American Poets (chancellor since 1995).


Married Stimson Bullitt, January, 1948 (divorced). Children: Ashley Ann, Scott, Jill Hamilton. Married John Marshall Woodbridge, April 11, 1975.

Benjamin Hamilton Kizer

M. (Ashley) Kizer

Stimson Bullitt

John Marshall Woodbridge

Ashley Ann Kizer

Scott Kizer

Jill Hamilton Kizer