News Archive 2009-2018

Conversation in Poetry Features Coffin’s ‘Winter Friends’ (Portland Press Herald) Archives

Robert P. Tristram Coffin, Class of 1915. Photo: George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections & Archives


Robert P. Tristram Coffin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of poetry Strange Holiness was praised by The New York Times for its “finely chiseled verses” and “manifold perfections.”

Coffin’s poem Winter Friends is spotlighted in the Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald feature Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry, a collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

A native of Brunswick and resident of Harpswell, he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1915 and returned to campus as professor of English from 1934 until his death in 1955.