Habitation collects the best poetry from a career spanning more than forty years by the distinguished rthwest poet-editor-translator, Sam Hamill. Drawn from fifteen volumes of celebrated poetry, whether in brief haiku-like poems or long-ranging narratives, Habitation presents a lyrical voice is unique in American poetry today. Jim Harrison has declared, Hamill has reached the category of a National Treasure, and Hayden Carruth has written, [His] poetry is less than essential.
Sam Hamill cofounded, with Bill ODaly and Tree Swenson, Copper Canyon Press. Hamill was editor-printer there from 1972 until 2004. Hamill has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Mellon Fund, and has won the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Anacortes, Washington.