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Tess Gallagher (b. 1943) is a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright. 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 honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, the Maxine Cushing Gray Foundation Award, and the Elliston Award for "best book of poetry published by a small press" for the collection Instructions to the Double (1976).
Her third husband, Raymond Carver encouraged her to write short stories, some of which were collected in The Lover of Horses (1987) and others appear in At the Owl Woman Saloon.
Her book, Moon Crossing Bridge, is a collection of poems written after the death of Raymond Carver. Her newest collection, Dear Ghosts, is her follow-up collection, written 14 years later.
Gallagher has taught at many colleges, most recently at Bucknell University and Whitman College. She recently published an essay in The Sun Magazine entitled "Instead of Dying" about alcoholism and Raymond Carver's having maintained his sobriety. The essay was initially delivered at the Welsh Academy.
Distant Rain, a conversation between Tess and Jackuchō Setouchi, the Buddhist nun from Kyoto, which took place after the death of Raymond Carver was published in 2006.