Gjertrud Schnackenberg was born on August 27, 1953, in Tacoma, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College in 1975, from which she received an honorary degree in 1985.
Ms. Schnackenberg’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Yale Review and many other journals. Her work has been collected in many anthologies. Ms. Schnackenberg has published four previous collections of poetry: Portraits and Elegies (1982); The Lamplit Answer (1985); A Gilded Lapse of Time (1992); and The Throne of Labdacus (2000). Supernatural Love: Poems 1976–1992, a volume of her collected poems, was published in 2000.
Among her many honors and citations, Ms. Schnackenberg has received the Rome Prize in Creative Literature from the American Academy in Rome and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1987 she received a Guggenheim grant. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1996. In 1997, she was the Christensen Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and in 2000 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities. She won an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998, and in 2001 she won the LA Times Book Prize in Poetry for The Throne of Labdacus.