Sam Hamill

Sam Hamill, Writing for Peace Advisor

Sam Hamill, Poet, Educator

Sam Hamill is the author of more than forty books, including fifteen volumes of original poetry (most recently Measured by Stone and Almost Paradise: New & Selected Poems & Translations); four collections of literary essays, including A Poet’s Work and Avocations: On Poetry & Poets; and some of the most distinguished translations of ancient Chinese and Japanese classics of the last half-century. He co-founded, and for thirty-two years was editor at, Copper Canyon Press. He taught in prisons for fourteen years and has worked extensively with battered women and children. An outspoken political pacifist, in 2003, declining an invitation to the White House, he founded Poets Against War, compiling the largest single-theme poetry anthology in history, 30,000 poems by 26,000 poets. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Fund, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission; other honors include the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing, the Washington Poets’ Association Lifetime Achievement in Poetry Award, two Washington Governor’s Arts Awards, a Western States Book Award, a PEN-Oakland Anti-censorship Award, a PEN Center/USA First Amendment Award, the Charity Randall Award from The Poetry Forum, and the Condecoración de la Universidad de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. He lives in Anacortes, Washington.


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2 thoughts on “Sam Hamill

  1. Shirani Rajapakse

    I just finished reading the last post in “Commemorating Ten Years of Poetic Resistance, PAW Post No. 3” and thought of responding. I was moved by what I read. So much of what you have said there is true even today many years after the Gulf War. Nothing has changed, if anything it has got worse.

    Politicians everywhere forget they don’t own the people or the countries over which they rule, or that their election to office is given to them as a gift by the people of their respective countries. They plunder and ruin as if its their right.

    I don’t think you can or should “retire” from what you do. There are wars taking place everywhere. Injustice rules and there will always be poets willing to add their voices against all this madness. You need to carry on the torch you have lit and pass it around the world. Poetry will always be relevant and needed to record the truth where injustice rules and politicians turn away in disinterest.


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