William O'Daly

Claire Aviña

William O’Daly has translated eight books of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, and most recently Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight, a finalist for the 2018 Northern California Book Award in Translation — all published by Copper Canyon Press. O’Daly’s books of poems include The Whale in the Web (Copper Canyon), as well as The Road to Isla Negra, Water Ways (a collaboration with JS Graustein), and Yarrow and Smoke (the 2018 “Masters Series” title), the latter three published by Folded Word Press. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, O’Daly was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award and was profiled by Mike Leonard for The Today Show. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems, translations, essays, and reviews appear in numerous journals and as part of multimedia exhibits and performances with musicians. He has received national and regional honors for literary editing, was a co-founder of Copper Canyon Press, and served on the board of Poets Against the War. Since 2006, he has worked in the environmental field; in 2016, he was awarded by the State of California for his written and editorial contributions to the California Water Plan.



Finalist, Northern California Book Award in Translation, 2018

Finalist, Quill Award in Poetry, 2006

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 2006