Carpenter, William (1940 - )

Genre: General Fiction, Poetry

Carpenter was born on Oct. 31, 1940 in Massachusetts, grew up in Waterville, and teaches creative writing, mythology, and literature at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, an institution which he helped to found.

After earning his B.A. from Dartmouth (1962) and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota (1967), he taught at the University of Chicago before coming back to Maine.

Carpenter's poem, 'The Yacht,' received the 1979 Pablo Neruda award.

Selected Bibliography


  • The Hours of Morning: Poems from 1976-1979 (1981)
  • Rain (1985)
  • Speaking Fire at Stones (1992).

Some of his poems are in The Maine Poets: A Verse Anthology (2003).


  • The Keeper of Sheep (1994)
  • Wooden Nickel (2002)

Selected Resources