Henry Walters was born in Chicago in 1984 and grew up in Clinton, Michigan. After studying Classics at Harvard University and in Rome under the late Reginald Foster, he lived as a falconer’s apprentice in Ireland and a beekeeper’s assistant in Sicily before returning to the United States, where he has worked as a seasonal biologist, postal carrier, census-taker, gardener, carpenter, baseball coach, actor, teacher, playwright, and birding guide. His poems, translations, reviews, and essays have appeared in periodicals such as The Threepenny Review, The Yale Review, Orion, Literary Imagination, and New Letters, and his first book, Field Guide A Tempo, was a finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He lives in New Hampshire with his young family, a hive of bees, and a hawk.
(If you would to watch Henry Walters in discussion with Simeon Morrow, please click on the YouTube link below. Their subject is The Theatricality of Poetry, and the invitation to watch reads as follows:
Every writer dreams of being ‘understood’ yet the reader always stand in the way. Readers, for their part, are doing everything they can to understand the author’s intention but see the text from a completely different perspective. The poet Henry Walters calls the meeting of author and reader the theatricality of poetry. As the two seek each other out, a drama is playing out. Come welcome Henry to our show and he will be our expert guide to a theater that transcends time and space!