Welcome to the official website of the late poet Amy Clampitt. 

Clampitt's first published poem appeared in The New Yorker in 1978. In 1983, at age 63, her first volume of poetry, The Kingfisher, was published by Alfred A. Knopf to great acclaim.

In the decade that followed, she published five books of poetry. Her last book, A Silence Opens, appeared in 1994. Her Collected Poems was published posthumously in 1997.

News from the Amy Clampitt Fund

Congratulations to Patrick Donnelly and Tyree Daye, who were selected for residencies beginning in 2018.

Read works from former residency recipients!

Hear a story about Amy Clampitt's legacy from NPR's Morning Edition!

Please note: The Amy Clampitt Fund's selection process changed in 2014. Applications are now accepted by nomination only.

Featured Online

On this site, you can read a selection of Amy Clampitt's writings, learn about her life, and find out about upcoming events and the Amy Clampitt Residency in the Berkshires.

Photo: Amy Clampitt in London, 1949


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an endowment benefiting poetry and the literary arts managed by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
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