David Bottoms

David Bottoms

Georgia Connection:

Born in Canton, Lives in Atlanta


David Bottoms’ first book, Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump, was chosen by Robert Penn Warren as winner of the 1979 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. He is the author of eight other books of poetry, most recently Otherworld, Underworld, Prayer Porch, as well as two novels and a book of essays and interviews. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Levinson Prize, an Ingram-Merrill Award, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Born in Canton, Georgia, he now lives in Atlanta and is an emeritus professor at Georgia State University. He served as Poet Laureate of Georgia from 2000-2012.

Poem in the Parks: “A Walk to Sope Creek”


photo of poem by David Bottoms
“A Walk to Sope Creek” by David Bottoms on the Michelle Obama Trail

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