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Name  Thomas Lynch

Role  Poet
Thomas Lynch (poet) FRONTLINE The Undertaking KPBS
Awards  American Book Awards, Michigan Author Award
Nominations  National Book Award for Nonfiction
Books  The Undertaking: Life Studi, Bodies in Motion and at Rest: O, The Good Funeral: Death - Gr, The Sin‑eater: A Breviary, Booking Passage: We Irish

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Thomas Lynch (born 1948 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American poet, essayist, and undertaker.


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Thomas lynch poet essayist and undertaker reading in kennys 2016

Early life

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Lynch was educated by nuns and Christian Brothers at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Lynch then went to university and mortuary school, from which he graduated in 1973. He took over his father's funeral home in Milford, Michigan in 1974, a job he has held ever since. Lynch married in 1972 and divorced in 1984. He later remarried to Mary Tata in 1991. He has a daughter and three sons.

Thomas Lynch (poet) Poet Thomas Lynch on the passing of time and friends

In 1970 Lynch went to Ireland for the first time, to find his family and read William Butler Yeats and James Joyce, an experience he recounts in his book Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans. He has returned many times since then, and now owns the small cottage in West Clare that was the home of his great-great-grandfather, and which was given as a wedding gift in the 19th century. He spends a portion of each year there.


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His collection of essays, The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, won the Heartland Prize for non-fiction, the American Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. It has been translated into seven languages. A second collection of essays, Bodies in Motion and at Rest, won the Great Lakes Book Award.

International recognition

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Lynch's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, Harper's, Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Irish Times, and The Times. His commentaries have been recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio, RTÉ and NPR. His work has been the subject of two documentary films. "Learning Gravity" directed by Kathel Black for Little Bird Productions UK aired on the BBC and RTÉ. PBS Frontline's "The Undertaking" a film by Karen O'Conner and Miri Navasky aired in October 2007 on PBS stations nationwide. It won the 2008 Emmy Award for Arts and Culture Documentary.

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Lynch is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for the Arts, the Michigan Library Association, the Writers Voice Project, the National Book Foundation, the Arvon Foundation and the Arts Council of Ireland. He has read and lectured at universities and literary centers throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Lynch is also a regular presenter to professional conferences of funeral directors, hospice and medical ethics professionals, clergy, educators, and business leaders. He is an Adjunct Professor in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, The Today Show, and the PBS Bill Moyers series, On Our Own Terms.


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  • Skating with Heather Grace, Knopf, 1986
  • Grimalkin and Other Poems. Cape Poetry. 1994. 
  • Still Life in Milford: Poems. W. W. Norton & Company. 1999. ISBN 978-0-393-31973-6. 
  • Walking Papers: Poems 1999 - 2009. W. W. Norton & Company. 2010. ISBN 978-0-393-04208-5. 
  • Fiction

  • Apparition and Late Fictions. W. W. Norton & Company. 2010. ISBN 978-0-393-04207-8. 
  • Non-Fiction

  • The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. W. W. Norton & Company. 1997. ISBN 978-0-393-04112-5. 
  • Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality. W. W. Norton & Company. 2001. ISBN 978-0-393-32164-7. 
  • Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans. W. W. Norton & Company. 2006. ISBN 978-0-393-32857-8. 
  • Anthologies

  • Michael Delp, Conrad Hilberry, Herbert Scott, eds. (1988). "Like My Father Waking Early". Contemporary Michigan poetry: poems from the third coast. Photographs Michael Delp. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-1924-6. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Michael Delp, Conrad Hilberry, Josie Kearns, eds. (2000). "An Evening Walk to the Sea by Friesians". New poems from the third coast: contemporary Michigan poetry. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-2797-5. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Reviews

    One of the wonderful things about Thomas Lynch's Skating With Heather Grace is its mix of accents and settings. In his first book of poems, Mr. Lynch shows himself a master of Irish-influenced invective, an echo of brogue recalling the days when a poet's curses meant something....

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