Tess Gallagher is an American poet, essayist, and short story writer. and the Elliston Award for Best Book of Poetry for the collection Instructions to the Double.
Her late husband, Raymond Carver, encouraged her to write short stories, some of which were collected in The Lover of Horses and At the Owl Woman Saloon. Her book Moon Crossing Bridge is a collection of love poems written for Carver after his death from cancer in.
Other works include the collections Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Dear Ghosts, A Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry, and Soul Barnacles; the books Distant Rain and The Man From Kinvara: Selected Stories; and poems My Black Horse, Portable Kisses, I Stop Writing the Poem, Amplitude, The Hug, Willingly, Under Stars, and Stepping Outside.