Poet C.K. Williams Has Died

By Dianna Dilworth 

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C. K. Williams has died. According to The New York Times, the National Book Award-winning poet passed away at his home in Hopewell, N.J. He was 78 years old.

Williams was born and raised in the Newark, N.J., area, according to his website. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with majors in philosophy and English. He published a number of books of poetry, including Repair, which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, and The Singing which won the National Book Award for 2003. He was also the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Voelker Career Achievement Award in Poetry for 1998, the Los Angeles Book Prize, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among many other honors.

In memory of Williams, The Paris Review has republished some of his poems. You can listen to Williams give an inspiring TED Talk on poetry at this link.