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Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among others. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University and is a contributing editor to the literary journals The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art.
The recently established Fagles Lecture brings a distinguished writer or artist whose work engages with the classics to Princeton for a multi-day visit. During this time, the Fagles Lecturer gives lectures and readings, meets students, and engages in a public conversation with faculty members about their work and its responses to Greek and Roman antiquity. This lectureship is supported by the Department of Classics, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Humanities Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Princeton University Public Lectures Committee, Labyrinth Books, and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund.