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Grace Cavalieri Biography and Poems

Grace Cavalieri Biography and Poems. This is biographical information on Grace Cavalieri, one of the best poets of all time. This biography page also provides a link to poems written by Cavalieri, as well as, a video biography...if available.

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Cavalieri, Grace

Grace Cavalieri (born 1932) is an award-winning American poet, playwright and radio host of "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress.


Grace Cavalieri is the author of fourteen collections of poetry. Her plays include off-Broadway productions. She's also written texts and lyrics performed for opera, television and film. Her 21st play "Quilting the Sun" was presented at the Smithsonian Institution, and receives its world premiere at Centre Stage, S.C. Grace teaches poetry workshops throughout the country at numerous colleges. She produced and hosted "The Poet and the Poem," weekly, on WPFW-FM (1977-1997) presenting 2,000 poets to the nation. She now presents this series to public radio from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite.

Grace has received the Pen-Fiction Award, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Medal, and awards from the National Commission on Working Women, the WV Commission on Women, the American Association of University Women, plus others. She won a Paterson Prize for What I Would do for Love, and The Bordighera Poetry Prize for Water on the Sun. She received the inaugural Columbia Merit Award for "significant contributions to poetry."

She writes full-time in Annapolis, Maryland where she lives with her husband, sculptor Kenneth Flynn. They have four grown daughters.

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