Bolt was born in Washington, D.C., where he attended public and private
schools. He was a pre-college scholarship student at the Corcoran School
of Art and received a B.A. in English (cum laude) and Art from the University
of Virginia. His paintings have been shown in group exhibitions in New
York. Land (1982), a hand-printed book of his poems and etchings, is in
the rare book collections of the Library of Congress and the University
Yale University Press published his first book of poems, Out of the
Woods, in 1989. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, BOMB,
Agni, and Southwest Review (where his long poem, Wedgwood,
won an award for the best poem the quarterly published in 1994).
Awards and fellowships include the Rome Prize for Literature of the American
Academy of Arts and Letters, the Yale Younger Poets Prize, The Peter I.
B. Lavin Younger Poet Award of the American Academy of Poets, an Ingram
Merrill Fellowship, and a 1997 Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation
for the Arts.
Bolt's poems are included in the anthologies Sixty Years of American
Poetry (Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1996) and the Yale Younger Poets
Anthology (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1998).
He has read from his work in New York (at Mad Alex Presents, the Limbo
Reading Series, the Poetry Society of America, the Alliance Stage Poets'
Reading Series, and the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y), and in Rome
(at the Villa Aurelia). He lives in New York city.