Poet C.D. Wright in 2004. (Stew Milne/MacArthur Foundation via AP)

C.D. Wright, an award-winning poet renowned for her forceful and eclectic style, her fusion of lyricism and reportage, and her passion for writing, died Jan. 12 at her home in Barrington, R.I. She was 67.

Kelly Forsythe, a spokeswoman for the publisher Copper Canyon Press, told the Associated Press that Ms. Wright died “unexpectedly” and that the cause had not been determined. A former poet laureate of Rhode Island, Ms. Wright was a professor of poetry at Brown University at the time of her death.

Ms. Wright was a National Book Award finalist and in 2004 received a MacArthur fellowship, also known as a “genius grant.”

She won the National Book Critics Circle prize for her 2010 collection “One With Others,” a full-length work of prose and poetry based on a true story about a group of black men marching from West Memphis, Tenn., to Little Rock. The march took place in the summer of 1969, a year after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the marchers were joined by a white woman identified as V, whom Ms. Wright depicts as an outcast in her community because of her participation in the march.

“They drove my friend V out of her home,” Ms. Wright writes. “They drove her out of the town. They drove her out of the state.”

Carolyn Delores Wright was born Jan. 6, 1949, in Mountain Home, Ark. She grew up in the state’s Ozark Mountains region, where her father was a judge. She graduated from the University of Memphis in 1971 and received a master of fine arts from the University of Arkansas in 1976.

Her childhood in Arkansas, including the landscape and entrenched racial segregation, would long shape her writing.

“The geographic sovereignty of my state of origin goes unchallenged by me,” she wrote. “For its natural resources, no other single land mass is more suited to being a country than Arkansas. And were such a thing to come to pass, no other country would more resemble the dread South Africa.”

Ms. Wright wrote more than a dozen books, including “Rising, Falling, Hovering,” “One Big Self” and “Steal Away.”

This month, Copper Canyon published a book of her essays expansively titled, “The Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roch, the Big Box Store, the Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All.”

In “Further Adventures With You” (1986), Ms. Wright wrote that her poems were “about desire, conflict, the dearth of justice for all. About persons of small means.”

Her prose, on the other hand, was “private, meditative, without a cast, discernible intention, goal or dramatic fulcrum.”

“My prose,” she concluded, “is about language if it is about any one thing.”

Survivors include her husband, Forrest Gander; a son; and a brother.