Wright won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book of poems, Walking to Martha's Vineyard. Of this book William Kennedy said Wright lives "to write the extraordinary poetry he has created from his drug addiction, and now, in this new collection, from his addiction to regeneration and to the grace he finds in a silent god. These are desperately radiant poems..." Lucie Brock-Broido has called him "one of the finest poets of his generation. He's a genius of compression, of compassion, of passion." An earlier book of poetry, The Beforelife was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2002.
Franz Wright was born in Vienna and grew up in the Northwest, the Midwest and Northern California. He is the son of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Wright. He and his father are the only parent/child pair to have ever achieved the unbelievable feat of winning the Pulitzer Prize in the same category.
He has been involved with the Edinburg Center for Mental Health and the Center for Grieving Children and Teenagers.
The Poet's Voice is supported in Greenwich by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and by the Friends of Greenwich Library. The reading is free and all are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Alice Bonvenuto at 203-622-7919.