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Ellen Bryant Voigt collection

Identifier: C-29
Collection contains typescript drafts of poems (many with holograph changes and notes), copies of poems published in magazines, uncollected and unpublished poems, notebooks, lecture notes, and correspondence


  • 1966-1991


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email:


15 Boxes

Biographical / Historical

Ellen Bryant Voigt (1943-) is an American poet who has published six collections of poetry and a collection of craft essays. Voigt grew up in Chatham, Virginia, graduated from Converse College, and received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She has taught at M.I.T. and Goddard College, where in 1976, she developed and directed the nation's first low-residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. She has taught in the Warren Wilson College MFA program for Writers since 1981. Voigt's poetry collection, Shadow of Heaven (2002), was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Kyrie (1995) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her collection, Messenger (2008), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She served as the Poet Laureate of Vermont for four years and in 2003 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2015. She is married to Fran Voigt, formerly an administrator at Goddard College. They have two children and live in Cabot, Vermont.


Collection is arranged into the following series:

I Poetry drafts

II Poems published in magazines

III Uncollected or unpublished poems

IV Miscellaneous materials

V Correspondence

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States