Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Princeton University. After graduation he taught in France, Australia, and Iran, as well as the United States, and was poet-in- residence at several colleges and universities across the country.
He now lives in Vermont and New York City. For many years he was the Samuel F.B. Morse Professor of Arts and Science at New York University, where he taught creative writing. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, among them Selected Poems (1982), for which he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as prose, and translations. He has been a MacArthur Fellow and the State Poet of Vermont.
The collection, which is restricted, contains correspondence, manuscripts, published works, and recordings.