Poet and art writer Keith Althaus was educated at Hamilton College. The author of numerous poetry collections, including Ladder of Hours (2005) and Rival Heavens (1993), he has also had work featured in the anthology Soul Food (2007). Althaus’s spare, meditative poems embrace the particular while exploring the transformative aspects of work, personal history, and travel. Santa Fe newspaper the New Mexican described Althaus’s poems in Ladder of Hours as “unusually lyric … with both a clarity and gravity of tone that is not often found in contemporary poetry.”
Althaus’s honors include a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a grant from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. After a 1969 fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center on Cape Cod, Althaus settled in North Truro, Massachusetts, with his wife, the artist Susan Baker. Together they run an art gallery.