Frank Bidart

Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Professor Emeritus of English

An award-winning poet, Bidart won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, 2018 National Book Award and was previously a finalist for both awards.

I've taught at Wellesley for over 45 years. I write poetry, and have published several volumes; I teach poetry workshops and 20th century poetry, both "modern" and contemporary; I edited a one-volume Collected Poems of Robert Lowell for his publisher, Farrar Straus & Giroux.

My most recent volume, Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for Poetry.

Other publications include: Desire (1997), Music Like Dirt (2002), Watching the Spring Festival (2008), Metaphysical Dog (2013)

Poetry Foundation bio


  • B.A., University of California (Riverside)
  • A.M., Harvard University