Alice Fulton

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Alice Fulton (born January 25, 1952 in Troy, New York, USA) is a United States poet, author, and feminist.

She received her undergraduate degree in creative writing in 1976 from Empire State College and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University in 1982. In 1991, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her poetry.

Defying convention, not easily categorized, and employing a postmodern poetics that admits artifice, Fulton's poetry actively counters notions of "the natural" and assumptions about the "autobiographical I." She is known for creating highly structured book-length works and has published seven books of poems and essays, including Sensual Math (1995) and Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry (1999). Her most recent volume of new poetry is Felt (2001), a collection of poems based on the interconnectedness of all living things, for which she received the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress in 2003. A volume of previously published selected poems entitled Cascade Experiment appeared in 2004. Fulton is also a lauded writer of short fiction, with stories appearing in volumes of Best American Short Stories 1993 and Pushcart Prize XXIX.

She taught creative writing at University of Michigan from 1983 to 2001 and now holds the Ann S. Bowers chair as Distinguished Professor of English at Cornell University. She has also taught creative writing at University of California, Los Angeles in 1991 and as the Holloway Poet at University of California, Berkeley in 2004.

  • Alice Fulton at the Academy of American Poets
  • Alice Fulton home page with brief biography
  • Alice Fulton at University of Michigan'
  • Alice Fulton at Norton Poets Online
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