Evensong, Ingrid Wendt's fifth book of poems, was in the finals of the T.S. Eliot Award and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her first book, Moving the House, was selected by William Stafford for the BOA series "New Poets in America." Her next three books won the Oregon Book Award, the Yellowglen Award, and the Editions Prize. Her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on "The Writer's Almanac" and they appear in many anthologies, including No More Masks: An Anthology of 20th Century American Women Poets and New Poets of the American West. Among her many honors, she was the "Featured Poet" in the Spring/Summer 2009 online issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review.
Wendt is the editor of two anthologies, From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry (with Primus St. John) and In Her Own Image: Women Working in the Arts (with Elaine Hedges), and the author of the book-length teaching guide Starting with Little Things: A Guide to Writing Poetry in the Classroom, now in its sixth printing. She has taught in the MFA Program of Antioch University Los Angeles; in Frankfurt/Main and Freiburg, Germany, as a Fulbright Professor; and has been a visiting poet at colleges and universities and in hundreds of classrooms, grades K-12. She has conducted teacher workshops in the U.S. and abroad.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets