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language educator , writer

William Morton Carpenter, American language educator, writer. Recipient Neruda prize University Oklahoma, 1979, Contemporary Poetry award Associate Writing Program, 1981, Black Warrior Review prize University Alabama, 1984, Morse prize Northeastern University, 1985; National Education Association fellow, Venice, Italy, 1985, Institute for Human Ecology fellow since 1989, Yaddo Center, fellow 1984, MacDowell Colony fellow, 1985.


Carpenter, William Morton was born on October 31, 1940 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James M. and Dorothy N. (Sauer) Carpenter.


Bachelor, Dartmouth College, 1962;Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 1967.


Born and raised in New England, he earned his B.A. from Dartmouth and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In 1985 he received the Samuel French Morse Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He moved to Maine in 1972 to help found the College of the Atlantic, a school dedicated to human ecology and the environment, where he remains a faculty member.


  • He began publishing poetry in 1976, and won the Associated Writing Program’s Contemporary Poetry Award in 1980.



Married Joanne Laventis, 1962 (divorced 1987). 1 child, Matthew; Married Donna Gold. 1 child, Daniel.

James M. Carpenter

Dorothy N. (Sauer) Carpenter

Joanne Laventis

Donna Gold

Matthew Carpenter

Daniel Carpenter