Dennis Nurkse is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult, as well as A Night in Brooklyn, The Border Kingdom, Burnt Island, and The Fall. He is the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, the Whiting Writers Award, and prizes from The Poetry Foundation and the Tanne Foundation. He served as poet laureate of Brooklyn from 1996 to 2001. His work has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Estonian, and other languages. Nurkse has also written on human rights and was elected to the board of Amnesty International-USA for a 2007-2010 term. He has taught poetry at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, as well as at MFA programs at Rutgers, Brooklyn College, and Stonecoast. He currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
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