Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell died on 29 October 2014 in Vermont after battling leukaemia. He was 87.
• Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Kinnell graduated from Princeton University.
• He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, travelled everywhere from Paris to Iran, opposed the Vietnam War and served as a field worker for the civil rights organization CORE (Congress of Racial Equality).
• Kinnell divided his time between Vermont and New York City where he was the director of the creative writing program at New York University.
• Kinnell published his first book of poetry What a World It Was in 1960 at the age of 32. His other books included Body Rags, Mortal Acts, Mortal Words, The Past and Strong Is Your Hold.
• Kinnell's greatest honour was being named as the poet laureate of Vermont in 1989 which made him the successor to Robert Frost. His book Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.