David Budbill

David Budbill (1940ā€“2016) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a streetcar driver and a minister’s daughter. He was the author of nine books of poems, nine plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, and dozens of essays, introductions, speeches, and book reviews. He also produced two CDs, Zen Mountains/Zen Streets and Songs for a Suffering World with The Judevine Mountain Trio. His poems appeared regularly on The Writer’s Almanac. His prizes and honors included an honorary doctorate from New England College, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in playwriting, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. He lived for forty years in the mountains of northern Vermont where he loved cutting firewood, tending a large garden, and paying fierce attention to the world.

Awards and Honors

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award

Kjell Meling Memorial Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University Altoona

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, New England College

Vermont Academy of Arts and Letters Fellowship

Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, Vermont Arts Council

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship