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Tess Gallagher

Tess Gallagher
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Tess Gallagher

Tess Gallagher is a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright. Her honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, two National Endowment of the Arts Awards, the Maxine Cushing Gray Foundation Award, and the Elliston Award for "best book of poetry published by a small press" for the collection,
Instructions to the Double (1976).  In 1984, she published the collection,
Willingly, which consists of poems written to and about her third husband, author Raymond Carver, who died in 1988. Her recent collections include 
At the Owl Woman Saloon (Simon & Schuster, 1999),
My Black Horse: New and Selected Poems (1995, Bloodaxe Books),
Owl-Spirit Dwelling (1994) and
Moon Crossing Bridge (1992). Her latest endeavor,
Call If You Need Me (Vintage, 2001), introduces newly discovered stories by Carver. Gallagher holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Whitman College and has taught at St. Lawrence University; Kirkland College; University of Montana, Missoula; University of Arizona, Tucson; Syracuse University; and Willamette University. 

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