David Budbill, American poet and playwright, Died at 76


David Wolf Budbill was born on June 13, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio, and died on September 25, 2016.

He was an American poet and playwright.

Budbill the author of eight books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, and dozens of essays, introductions, speeches, and book reviews.

Budbill’s three most recent books of poems are Happy Life (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), While We’ve Still Got Feet (Copper Canyon Press, 2005) and Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse (Copper Canyon Press, 1999).

Budbill’s collection of narrative poems, Judevine, was republished in an expanded edition by Chelsea Green Publishing Company in 1999.

Also Garrison Keillor reads frequently from David’s poems on The Writer’s Almanac on National Public Radio.

Budbill’s play Judevine, a stage version of his narrative poems, has now had 65 productions in 22 states since the early 1980s.

Among his other plays are Little Acts of Kindness, Thingy World!, Two for Christmas and his newest, first produced in 2010, A Song for My Father.

Budbill lived in the mountains of northern Vermont with his wife, painter Lois Eby; their daughter is the poet Nadine Wolf Budbill.

Budbill died from Parkinson’s disease.

David Budbill passed away at 75 years old.