Poetry collections by James Wright include The Green Wall (1957), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, Saint Judas (1959), The Branch Will Not Break (1963), Shall We Gather at the River (1968), and Two Citizens (1973). Wright was elected a fellow of The Academy of American Poets in 1971, and the following year his Collected Poems received the Pulitzer Prize. He died in New York City in 1980, having served on the English faculties at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, and Hunter College (CUNY).
Listen to Charles Wright read James Wright's poem "The Journey."
Listen to August Kleinzahler read James Wright's poem "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio."
Listen to Paul Muldoon read Rainer Marie Rilke's poem "Archaic Torso of Apollo" and James Wright's poem "Lying in a Hammock on William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota."