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William Corbett, Esteemed Poet And Longtime Boston Resident, Dies At 75

William Corbett, an award-winning poet and longtime Boston resident with ties to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died Friday at age 75.

Poet and art critic Bill Corbett (Courtesy of Nicholas Altenbernd)
Poet and art critic Bill Corbett (Courtesy of Nicholas Altenbernd)

Corbett was battling pancreatic cancer, according to a friend. He taught in the Expository Writing program at Harvard and served as a writer-in-residence at MIT.

The South End home shared by Corbett and his wife starting in the late '60s was regarded as a literary salon for fellow poets living in or visiting Boston until the couple moved to Brooklyn in 2012.

Corbett is credited with helping introduce avant-garde poetry to the region's literary scene. He published six poetry collections, two memoirs and various essays.

Corbett also worked as an editor and publisher and served as director of a small press publishing house called Pressed Wafer.

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