Richard Shelton

Richard Shelton is a world renowned poet and writer living in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and creative nonfiction, and his poems and essays have appeared in more than 200 magazines and literary journals, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and the Paris Review. Shelton is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the prestigious Lannan Foundation Grant and the Arizona Literary Treasure Award. His book Going Back to Bisbee was selected as a One Book Arizona. Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano proclaimed April 22, 2006 “Richard Shelton Day” to recognize Shelton’s accomplishments as a writer and his service to the University of Arizona. Shelton is a Regents Professor of English at the University of Arizona and former Director of the U of A’s Creative Writing Program and Poetry Center. He is past president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). He is an emeritus Regents’ Professor of English at the University of Arizona and has been associated with the Poetry Center since its founding.