Since 1980 Wyatt Prunty has published eight books of poetry, including The Run of the House, Since the Noon Mail Stopped, A Lover’s Guide to Trapping, and Unarmed and Dangerous: New and Selected Poems, which, in the words of X. J. Kennedy, “affords a clear view of Prunty’s high stature in contemporary American poetry.” His most recent collection, Couldn't Prove, Had to Promise, has just been published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Prunty is also the author of the acclaimed critical book “Fallen From the Symboled World”: Precedents for the New Formalism; a second volume of criticism, Rationed Compassion: Poetry since World War II, is forthcoming. His poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New Republic, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Yale, Southern, Sewanee, and Kenyon Reviews, among other places. He has been honored as the recipient of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Johns Hopkins Fellowship, and a Brown Foundation Fellowship. Prunty has taught at the Johns Hopkins University (where he held the Elliot Coleman Chair), Washington and Lee University, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference; currently he serves as Carleton Professor of English at the University of the South, where he also directs the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.