Richard Kenney

Grace M. Pollock Professor of Creative Writing
Professor Richard Kenney photo.

Contact Information

PDL B-437
Office Hours
Tuesdays, noon to one, and by appointment. In Rome SQ


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1970

Richard Kenney is the author of five books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless BirdOrreryThe Invention of the ZeroThe One Strand River, and Terminator. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and MacArthur Foundations. He teaches poetry and verse writing in the Undergraduate and MFA Programs at the University of Washington. He has initiated and directed English Department programs in Rome, and at the UW marine laboratories in Friday Harbor. His work is informed by current research in evolutonary and cognitive sciences. He's interested in language origins, the cognitive basis of poetic forms, magical reasoning, and the Darwinian lives of subliterary species such as jokes, riddles, proverbs, charms, spells, nursery rhymes and weather-saws. Among his favorite poets are Archilochos, Shakespeare, Keats, Hopkins, Yeats, Auden, Frost, Larkin, Wilbur, Merrill. He lives with his family in Port Townsend, on the Olympic Peninsula.