Critic Harold Bloom has called Warren, “An important poet . . . beyond the achievement of all but a double handful of living American poets.” The late poet Anthony Hecht said “Rosanna Warren lives in our tarnished, everyday, ramshackle world of loss, anguish, and sacrifice, but she inhabits almost as vividly a realm of classic purity; and in some of her best, most moving poems she dwells in both regions at once, and within, as it seems, the same breath.”
Rosanna Warren is the winner of the Lavan Younger Poets Prize, the Lamont Poetry Prize, the Witter Bynner Prize, and the Poetry Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among numerous other honors.
In 2008, Warren published Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, a unique work that is part autobiography, part literary criticism. The Publishers Weekly reviewer said that her criticism “shines, much like her verse, because of her ability to make the past and present connect,” adding that “Warren is a matchless guide to her favorite major poets.”
Warren received an L. A. Times Book Award nomination for her 2003 collection, Departure, about explorations of loss and “difficult love” in relationships between mother and daughter, wife and husband, artist and muse, and woman and demon-lover. The Library Journal reviewer praised the book for “stunningly written explorations of death, the passage of time, loss, and impermanence.”
Warren served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. In the fall of 2000, she was the New York Times Resident in Literature at the American Academy in Rome. Currently the Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, she also serves as contributing editor of Seneca Review and poetry editor of Daedalus.