Ann Arbor , Michigan
39 at time of award
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Published July 1, 1991

Alice Fulton is a poet whose work is characterized by its complex textures of language and meaning, wordplay, and verbal exuberance.

Her rhythmically powerful verse incorporates a wide range of reference, especially in the areas of scientific discovery, current philosophy, and the visual arts.  Her books of poetry include Dance Script with Electric Ballerina (1983), Palladium (1986), Powers of Congress (1990), Sensual Math (1995), Felt (2001) and Cascade Experiment: Selected Poems (2004).  She has also written a collection of prose entitled Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry (1999).  Fulton has written literary criticism noted for its mixture of personal insight and analytical detail, and is at work on a collection of short fiction.

Fulton is the Ann S. Bowers Professor of English at Cornell University.  She taught creative writing at the University of Michigan from 1983-2001.  Her work has been included in five editions of The Best American Poetry series and has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Parnassus, and the Atlantic monthly.

Fulton received a B.A. (1978) from the Empire State College and an M.F.A. (1982) from Cornell University.

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