Arthur Sze is a poet, translator, and editor. He is the author of 10 books of poetry and is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts. His poems have been translated into 11 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, German, Korean, Italian, and Spanish. A recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, an American Book Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, as well as five grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, Sze was the first poet laureate of Santa Fe, where he lives with his wife, Carol Moldaw. From 2012 – 2017, he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and, in 2017, was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Sze is a dynamic writer whose vision and aesthetic evolve as he evolves. Although his poems are still built around vivid, often startling juxtapositions, the nature of those juxtapositions, as well as the intent behind them, has changed.