In 2007 Brian Culhane was the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Emily Dickinson First Book Award, a prize for a first collection by a poet over the age of 50. Of the book, The King’s Question (2008), A.E. Stallings wrote that Culhane “pays his readers that high and rare compliment of assuming them to be intelligent, grown-up, well-versed, lettered and humane.”
Culhane’s poems have appeared in a number of journals, including the New Republic, the New Criterion, Antaeus, the Paris Review, the Hudson Review, and Western Humanities Review. He earned a BA from the City University of New York, an MFA from Columbia University, and a PhD in epic literature and the history of criticism from the University of Washington. He has lectured on Frost and Thoreau as an Inquiring Mind speaker for the Washington Commission for the Humanities. He received a 2007 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission fellowship in literature and a 2009 MacDowell Colony fellowship. He has taught film and English at Lakeside School in Seattle.