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Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1953, David Rivard is the author of Standoff (Graywolf Press, 2016), Sugartown (Graywolf Press, 2005); Bewitched Playground (2000); Wise Poison, which won the 1996 James Laughlin Award; and Torque (1987), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was published by the Pitt Poetry Series.
Rivard's honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the Massachusetts Arts Foundation and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has also received the Celia B. Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Pushcart Prize.
Rivard teaches in the MFA program in writing at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.