The recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry, Padgett is the author of seven volumes of poetry.
His most recent collection, "You Never Know," has received much critical attention. Robert Creely writes of it, “Ron Padgett makes the most quiet and sensible of feelings a provocatively persistent wonder.”
In addition to a number of books on the teaching of writing, Padgett also has published translations of Guillaume Apollinaire, Blaises Cendras, and Valery Larbaud, among others. In 1970, with David Shapiro, Padgett co-edited the seminal collection An Anthology of New York Poets which spawned an onslaught of scholarly interest in the first and second generations of the so-called New York School poets, an aesthetic movement of which Padgett is considered to be an integral part.
Padgett has received fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts and currently resides in New York City.