Chatfield, Hale

Born: March 26, 1936
Died: November 23, 2000

Ohio connection: Former Resident


Hale Chatfield was born in 1936 in Passaic, New Jersey, the son of Wilson Fritcher and Anne (Webster) Chatfield. He received a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1957 and an M.A. from Rutgers University in 1963. He married Denise Zadeik in 1957, and they had four children: Stephen, Jennifer, Peter, and Alexander. Hale Chatfield was a long-time professor of English at Hiram College in Ohio, retiring in 1998. He wrote eighteen books, including ten volumes of poetry. Some of his books are Possessions,At HomeWater ColorsWhat Color Are Your Eyes?The Young Country, and The Sotto Voce Massacres. Literary criticism by Chatfield appeared in Kenyon ReviewMilton QuarterlyNortheastTrace, and University Review. He also wrote for the reference works Contemporary Literary Criticism and Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs. He taped a two-week educational series on poetry for NBC-TV. Chatfield was actively involved for more than twenty years in Ohio`s “Poets in the Schools” program. He died from a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2000.

National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, 1975; Ohio Arts Council fellowship, 1980; Ohioana Library Association Poetry Award, 1993.