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Thomas Bolt, American writer, artist. Recipient Yale Younger Poets prize Yale University Press, 1988, Rome prize for literature American Academy Arts and Letters, 1993, Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poet award Academy American Poets, 1993, Elizabeth Matchett Stover Best Poem award, 1994; Ingram Merrill fellow, 1991, Artists fellow New York State Foundation for the Arts, 1997. Fellow American Academy Rome, 1994.


Bolt, Thomas was born on November 21, 1959 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.


Bachelor, University of Virginia, 1982.


He was a pre-college scholarship student at the Corcoran School of Art and received a B.A. in English (cum laude) and Art from the University of Virginia. His paintings have been shown in group exhibitions in New York. Land (1982), a hand-printed book of his poems and etchings, is in the rare book collections of the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia.

He has read from his work in New York (at Mad Alex Presents, the Limbo Reading Series, the Poetry Society of America, the Alliance Stage Poets' Reading Series, and the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y), and in Rome (at the Villa Aurelia). He lives in New York City. 1971 Pontiac LeMans, The Paris Review, No.

109, Winter 1988 Sixty Years of American Poetry (Harry N Abrams, New York, 1996). "A Cluster of Sunsets," in the Autumn 1997 issue of Southwest Review Two Poems, The Paris Review, No. 154, Spring 2000 James Merrill, Thomas Bolt, BOMB Magazine, Issue 36 Summer 1991 Brian Boyd, Thomas Bolt, BOMB Magazine, Issue 71 Spring 2000 Publishers Weekly: Bolt handles his subject matter with admirable attention to detail and precision of language.

He ranges easily from adjective-replete accounts to stark, minimalist statements.


  • Rome Prize for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and LettersYale Younger Poets PrizeThe Peter I. B. Lavin Younger Poet Award of the American Academy of Poets Ingram Merrill Fellowship1997 Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Fellow American Academy Rome, 1994.


Married Sophie Claire Forrester, November 1, 1991.

Sophie Claire Forrester