A young soldier dons Napoleon’s hat. An out-of-work man wanders Berlin, dreaming he is Peter the Great. The famous exile Dante finally returns to his native city to "hang his crown of laurels up." Familial and historical apparitions haunt this dazzling collection of poems by Will Schutt, the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets award. Schutt’s poems probe a vast emotional geography, and he expands their scope with elegant translations of works by some of Italy’s most prominent twentieth-century poets. Contest judge Carl Phillips calls Schutt’s debut volume "a book of uncommon wisdom," and he finds in the poems "Not only beauty, but a persuasive insight into what I call the lived life, the one that risks knowing what’s difficult, despite the sorrow that so often follows the knowing."
Click the link to see Schutt's KR Credo
Many thanks to the editors.
Will Schutt received the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers' Prize, a $25,000 annual prize given to young writers of proven excellence in poetry or prose. Established to honor author Jeannette Haien’s interest in the work of talented young writers and her desire to benefit and further their careers by encouraging the production of literary works of high quality and aesthetic worth.
Readings and Events
Raymond Carver Reading Series
Wed Oct 8, 2014
About Will Schutt
Will Schutt is the author of Westerly (Yale University Press, 2013), selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets award. A graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, he is the recipient of fellowships from the James Merrill House and the Stadler Center for Poetry. His poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, FIELD, The New Republic, The Southern Review and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in Wainscott, New York.
If you would like to request an appearance or schedule a reading, please email Will Schutt with the pertinent details.