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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lynda K. Hull  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1954 in Newark, New Jersey

Died: 1994 in Plymouth, MA

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Illinois Connection

Lynda K. Hull taught English at DePaul University. Her longest permanent residency was in Chicago, where she was living when she wrote many of her last poems.

Biographical and Professional Information

Influenced heavily by Hart Crane as well as jazz musicians, Hull wrote poems charged with lyric exuberance and haunted by ecstatic references to drugs and material decadence. Hull was the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council; she also received four Pushcart Prizes. She taught English at Indiana University, De Paul University, and in the MFA writing program at Vermont College. She also served as a Poetry Editor for the journal ''Crazyhorse''.Hull died of injuries sustained in a car crash in 1994.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Ghost Money
ISBN: 087023546X

Univ of Massachusetts Pr. 1986

A prize-winning collection features poems about self-discovery, self-acceptance, the past, and forgiveness

Star Ledger (Iowa Poetry Prize)
ISBN: 0877453195

University Of Iowa Press. 1990

Book by Hull, Lynda

The Only World: Poems
ISBN: 0060553634

HarperCollins. 1995

A stunning collection of poems that touch upon the most pressing issues of our time, by an award-winning poet who was one of the most dynamic and highly regarded figures of her generation.

Collected Poems (Re/View)
ISBN: 1555974570

Graywolf Press. 2006

The definitive collection of the poems of Lynda Hull, "perhaps the most intensely lyrical poet of her generation." (Mark Doty)

If each of us
contains, within, humankind's totality, each possibility
then I have been so fractured, so multiple & dazzling . . .
-from "The Window"

Lynda Hull's Collected Poems brings together her three collections-long unavailable-with a new introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa, and allows, for the first time, the full scale of her achievement to be seen. Edited with Hull's husband, David Wojahn, this book contains all the poems Hull published in her lifetime, before her untimely death in 1994.

Collected Poems is the first book in the Graywolf Poetry Re/View Series, which brings essential books of contemporary American poetry back into print. Each volume-chosen by series editor Mark Doty-is introduced by a poet who brings to the work a passionate admiration. The Graywolf Poetry Re/View Series brings all-but-lost masterworks of recent American poetry into the hands of a new generation of readers.


Carl Sandburg Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library in 1991 and the Edwin Ford Piper Award in 1990 for ''Star Ledger'' Juniper Prize in 1986 for ''Ghost Money''

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