Frank Bidart, a professor of English at Wellesley College, has been chosen as the 2007 winner of the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry. The prize, which is presented by the Yale University Library, carries a $100,000 cash award.
Mr. Bidart, who has written four volumes of poetry, was cited by the award’s judging panel as “a poet whose work exemplifies consistent originality of theme, sustained linguistic and formal explorations, and a strong sense of the profoundly serious and adventurous nature of the poetic calling.”
The Bollingen Prize is awarded every two years to an American poet for the best book published in that time or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Past winners include W.H. Auden, E.E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens.