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The David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard
Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities
Fall 2002
Dr. Brendan J. Galvin
Department of English

The Fall 2002 Whichard Distinguished Dr. Brendan James Galvin of Truro, Massachusetts . Dr. Galvin received both an MFA and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Professor Emeritus at Central Connecticut State University where he taught courses in creative writing, modern poetry and drama, contemporary literature, modern non-English poetry, American literature, Americans and the environment, and composition.He has also served as Wyndham Robertson Writer in Residence at Hollins University, Coal Royalty Visiting Chairholder in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Visiting Writer at Connecticut College, Director of the Connecticut Writers' Conference, Poet-in-Residence at Western Carolina University, and participated in numerous writers workshops and poetry-in-the-schools projects.

      Dr. Galvin has published 13 books of poetry; Louisiana State University Press will publish Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 in 2005. His books of poetry and poetry chapbooks include: Place Keepers, Sky and Island Light, Hotel Malabar, Wampanoag Traveler, and No Time for Good Reasons, Raising Irish Walls, A Birder's Dozen, The Salt Farm, The Narrow Land, and a limited edition, hand-printed book on handmade paper: Islands. Martha Christina edited a 1991 critical study on Galvin's poetry entitled, Outer Life: The Poetry of Brendan Galvin.

        The Strength of a Named Thing received a Finalist's Citation for the LL Winship Award from the PEN New England and Saints in their Ox-Hide Boat was designated a Choice Outstanding Academic Book by the American Library Association.Dr. Galvin reached was short-listed for a Pulitzer Prize for Winter Oysters. He has received numerous other awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Sotheby Prize of the Arvon Foundation, the Charity Randall Citation from the Itnernational Poetry Forum, and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

     Dr. Galvin has also published over 500 poems in magazines, textbooks and anthologies, and his fiction, critical reviews, and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Crazy Horse, the Laurel Review, Ploughshares, Northwest Review, Tar River Poetry, Midwest Quarterly, Sewanee Review and Poet Lore.

      Dr. Galvin also wrote the narration for Massachusetts Story, a one-hour documentary on offshore oil drilling that was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and received a First Prize Documentary at the New England Film Festival. His translation of Sophocles' Women of Trachis was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1998.