Michener Art Museum

Jean Garrigue

Publicity photograph for The Animal Hotel, by Washington Post, n.d., photo courtesy of Peggy Lewis
BORN: December 8, 1914, Evansville, Indiana
DIED: December 27, 1972, Boston, Massachusetts

"Chopin, Keats and Proust were early powerful influences. So were mountains and water".
Contemporary Author, Vol.20, Gale Research

The Kenyon Review introduced Jean Garrigue's writing in 1941 in a group of nine poets. In 1944, her first collection appeared as Thirty-six Poems and a Few Songs in Five Young American Poets. She then wrote two collections of verse, The Ego and the Centaur in 1947 and The Monument Rose in 1953. Garrigue published a number of short stories, receiving the Kenyon Review first prize for one in 1944, and a novella, The Animal Hotel, (1966). She also reviewed fiction for the New Republic. She taught at a number of leading universities including Bard College, Smith College, and The New School. She was Poet-in-residence at colleges and universities, including University of California, Riverside in 1971 and visiting poet at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1970. She held a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to Paris in 1954, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1960. Her other honors include a National Book Award nomination for Country Without Maps. Garrigue often wrote love poetry, or poetry related to her extensive travels and nature. Among Garrigue's well-received works were her lengthy travel poems, "For the Fountains and Fountaineers of Villa d'Este, " "Pays Perdu, " and "The Grand Canyon".