Tess Gallagher. Courtesy JMWW.

Tess Gallagher
Notable award(s) Guggenheim Fellowship, 1978; 2 National Endowment for the Arts awards; Maxine Cushing Gray Foundation Award; Elliston Award
Spouse(s) Raymond Carver

Tess Gallagher (born July 21, 1943) is an American poet, essayist, prose author, and playwright.


Gallagher was born in Port Angeles, Washington. She attended the University of Washington, where she studied creative writing with Theodore Roethke and later Nelson Bentley, as well as David Wagoner and Mark Strand.

Her third husband, Raymond Carver, encouraged her to write short stories, some of which were collected in The Lover of Horses (1987) and At the Owl Woman Saloon (1996).

Her book Moon Crossing Bridge is a collection of poems written after the death of Carver, who died from cancer in 1988. Her newest collection, Dear Ghosts, is her follow-up collection, written in 2002.

Gallagher has taught at many colleges, most recently at Bucknell University and Whitman College. She recently published an essay in The Sun Magazine titled "Instead of Dying" about alcoholism and Raymond Carver's having maintained his sobriety. The essay was initially delivered at the Welsh Academy.

Distant Rain, published in 2006, is a conversation between Tess and Jakuchō Setouchi, a Buddhist nun from Kyoto, which took place after the death of Raymond Carver.


Her honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, 2 National Endowment for the Arts awards, the Maxine Cushing Gray Endowed Libraries Visiting Writers Fellowship (University of Washington), and the Elliston Award for "best book of poetry published by a small press" for the collection Instructions to the Double (1976).



  • Stepping Outside. Penumbra Press, 1974.
  • Instructions to the Double. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 1976.
  • Under Stars. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 1978.
  • On Your Own. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 1978.
  • Willingly. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 1984.
  • Amplitude: New and selected poems. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 1987.
  • Moon Crossing Bridge. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 1992.
  • Owl-Spirit Dwelling. Portland, OR: Trask House Books, 1994.
  • Portable Kisses. Santa Barbara, CA: Capra Press, 1994.
  • My Black Horse: New and selected poems. Tarset, Northumberland, UK: Bloodaxe Books, 1995.
  • Dear Ghosts. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2006.

Short fictionEdit

  • The Lover of Horses, and other stories. New York: Harper, 1986.
  • At the Owl Woman Saloon. New York: Scribner, 1997.
  • Barnacle Soup, and other stories from the west of Ireland (with Josie Gray). Cheney, WA: Eastern Washington University Press, 2008.
  • The Man from Kinvara: Selected stories. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2009.


  • A Concert of Tenses: Essays on poetry. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1986.
  • Soul Barnacles: Ten more years with Ray. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000.
  • (Author of foreword) Raymond Carver, Call if You Need Me: The uncollected fiction, and other prose (edited by William L. Stull). New York: Vintage Contemporaries, 2001.


  • Dostoevsky: A screenplay (with Raymond Carver). Santa Barbara, CA: Capra Press, 1985.
  • Distant Rain (with Jakucho Setouchi). Cheney, WA: Eastern Washington University Press, 2006.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation.[1]

Audio / videoEdit

Choices Tess Gallagher

Choices Tess Gallagher

  • Tess Gallagher Reading (CD). Aspen, CO: Aspen Writers' Foundation, 1979.
  • Some with Wings, Some with Manes (cassette). Washington, DC: Watershed Tapes, 1982.
  • Tess Gallagher (cassette). Columbia, MO: American Audio Prose, 1994.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. Tess Gallagher b. 1943, Poetry Foundation, Web, Sep. 16, 2012.
  2. Search results = au:Tess Gallagher + audiobook, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 26, 2015.

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