William Benton received his early training in music, and worked as a jazz musician
before becoming a writer. He is the author of several books of poetry, including
Marmalade, Normal Meanings, Eye La View, Birds, and The Bell Poems. His poetry has
been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Open City, and other magazines.
He has written a number of catalogue essays on artists, among them Joan Brown, Duncan
Hannah, George Johanson, and James McGarrell. He is also the author of Madly, a
novel. His most recent books are A Quatrain on Sleeping Beauty’s Tomb, a translation of
Boris Pasternak’s poems, and Exchanging Hats, on the paintings of Elizabeth Bishop. He
lives in New York City.
- Teaching experience includes:
- Pacific Northwest College of Art, Creative Writing Program and Literature Dean, 1971- 1973
- Pacific Northwest College of Art; Visiting Writer and Lecturer at various Universities.
- Other publications:
- The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Open City