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    Howard Nemerov (1920-1991) Howard Nemerov Howard Nemerov was born in New York City in 1920. He is the author of 21 poetry collections, including The Image and the Law (1947) and The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov (1977), which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize. He also published several books of prose. […]
    • Date: 1920
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    John Cheever (1912-1982) John Cheever (credit: Nancy Crampton) John Cheever, also known as “the Chekhov of the suburbs,” was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912. He is the author of 10 short story collections, including The Enormous Radio and Other Stories (1953) and The Stories of John Cheever (1978), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a […]
    • Date: 1912
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    Philip Levine (1928-2015) Philip Levine Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1928, and served as the 18th United States Poet Laureate from 2011-2012. He is the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry, including What Work Is (1991), which won the National Book Award, and The Simple Truth (1994), which won the Pulitzer Prize for […]
    • Date: 1928
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    James Tate (1942-2015) James Tate James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1942. He is the author of 17 collections of poetry, including Dome of the Hidden Pavilion (2015); Worshipful Company of Fletchers (1994), winner of the National Book Award; and Selected Poems (1991), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award. Tate’s […]
    • Date: 1942
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    Mari Evans (1923-2017) Mari Evans was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1923. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including I Am a Black Woman (1970), winner of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters poetry award; A Dark and Splendid Mass (1992); and Continuum: New and Selected Poems (2007). She is also the author of […]
    • Date: 1923
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    Galway Kinnell (1927-2014) Galway Kinnell (credit: Richard W. Brown) Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1927. He is the author of 13 poetry collections, including The Book of Nightmares (1971), Selected Poems (1980), and When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone (1990). He is also the author of a novel, a selection of interviews, […]
    • Date: 1927
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    Joyce Carol Oates (1938-) Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York, in 1938. She has published more than 70 books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her best known works include A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967), We Were the Mulvaneys (1996), The Gravedigger’s Daughter (2007), and The Accursed (2013). She has been a professor at Princeton University […]
    • Date: 1938
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    Jane Kenyon (1947-1995) Jane Kenyon was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1947. She is the author of four books of poetry, including From Room to Room (1978) and Constance (1993), as well as a translation of work by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Kenyon was honored with the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry in 1994, and was Poet […]
    • Date: 1947
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    Robert Frost (1874-1963) Robert Frost Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California in 1874. Frost wrote over thirty collections of poetry, including New Hampshire (1924), Collected Poems (1931), A Further Range (1937), and A Witness Tree (1943), all winners of the Pulitzer Prize. His other honors include the Congressional Gold Medal and the Bollingen Prize. Frost served […]
    • Date: 1874
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    David Malouf (1934-) David Malouf credit Conrad del Villar David Malouf was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1934. In addition to various collections of poetry and short stories, Malouf has published nine novels, including The Great World (1990), which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; Remembering Babylon (1993); and Ransom (2009). Malouf received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, […]
    • Date: 1934
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    Stephen Spender (1909-1995) Stephen Spender was born in London, England in 1909. He served as the 17th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1965 to 1966, and is the author of 23 poetry collections, including Twenty Poems (1930), The Still Centre (1939) and The Generous Days (1971). Spender was knighted in 1983 and received the […]
    • Date: 1909
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    Richard Wilbur (1921-2017) Richard Wilbur (credit: Stathis Orphanos) Richard Wilbur was born in New York City in 1921. He is the author of 14 poetry collections, including Things of This World (1956), which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and New and Collected Poems (1988), for which Wilbur received a second Pulitzer Prize. In addition to […]
    • Date: 1921
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    Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) Stanley Kunitz Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905. In addition to editing, translating, and co-translating a number of books, Kunitz was the author of twelve collections of poetry, including Selected Poems, 1928-1958 (1958), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (1995), winner of the National Book […]
    • Date: 1905
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    Lynn Emanuel (1949-) Lynn Emanuel was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, in 1949. The author of six poetry collections, her book The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected (2015) won the 2016 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and Then, Suddenly (1999) was awarded the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets. Emanuel is the […]
    • Date: 1949
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    X.J. Kennedy (1929-) X.J. Kennedy X.J. Kennedy was born in Dover, New Jersey in 1929. He is the author of sixteen poetry collections, including Nude Descending a Staircase (1961), Cross Ties: Selected Poems (1985), and In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems (2007). He has also written seven textbooks, not including additional editions, and nineteen […]
    • Date: 1929
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    William Styron (1925-2006) William Styron William Styron was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1925. He is the author of seven novels, including Lie Down in Darkness (1951), for which he received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome; The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; and Sophie’s Choice (1979), […]
    • Date: 1925
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    Larry McMurtry (1936- ) Larry McMurtry Larry McMurtry was born in Archer City, Texas, in 1936. A novelist, essayist, and screenwriter, McMurtry has written 29 novels, including Terms of Endearment (1975); Lonesome Dove (1985), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; and, most recently, The Last Kind Words Saloon (2014). He has also written more than 30 screenplays. McMurtry […]
    • Date: 1936
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    William Jay Smith (1918-2015) William Jay SmithWilliam Jay Smith was born in Winnfield, Louisiana in 1918. He is the author of more than 50 books of poetry for adults and children, including The Tin Can and Other Poems (1966), Collected Poems, 1939-1989 (1990), and The Cherokee Lottery (2000). He has also published translations of French, Russian, Hungarian, and Swedish […]
    • Date: 1918
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    James Dickey (1923-1997) James Dickey (credit: South Carolina ETV) James Dickey was born in Buckhead, Georgia, in 1923. He is the author of more than 25 poetry collections, including Into the Stone and Other Poems (1960); Helmets (1964); and Buckdancer’s Choice (1965), which won a National Book Award and a Melville Cane Award from the Poetry Society of […]
    • Date: 1923
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    Robert Edward Duncan (1919-1988) Robert Edward Duncan Robert Edward Duncan was born in Oakland, California in 1919. He is the author of over 30 poetry collections, including The Opening of the Field (1960), Roots and Branches (1964), and Bending the Bow (1968). Duncan received the National Poetry Award for his collection Ground Work I: Before the War (1984). He […]
    • Date: 1919
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    Robert Creeley (1926-2005) Robert Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1925. He is the author of more than 60 poetry collections, including For Love (1967), Later (1979), and Life and Death (1998). Creeley’s honors include a Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, a Frost Medal, a Shelley Memorial Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the […]
    • Date: 1926
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    Donald Hall (1928-2018) Donald Hall (credit: Linda Kunhardt) Donald Hall was born in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1928. He is the author of more than 20 poetry collections, including Exiles and Marriages (1955), The Happy Man (1986), and The One Day (1988), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. He has also written four biographies, three […]
    • Date: 1928
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    Robert Hayden (1913-1980) Robert Hayden Robert Hayden was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1913. He is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Heart-Shape in the Dust (1940); A Ballad of Remembrance (1962), winner of a grand prize at the First World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966; and Selected Poems (1966). In 1975, he was awarded […]
    • Date: 1913
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    Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1911. She is the author of nine poetry collections, including Poems: North & South/A Cold Spring (1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; The Complete Poems (1969), winner of the National Book Award; and Geography III (1976), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She […]
    • Date: 1911
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    Robert Bly (1926-) Robert Bly 2001 credit Anna Arthur Robert Bly was born in Madison, Minnesota in 1926. A poet, translator and social theorist, Bly has published more than 30 collections of poetry, including The Light Around the Body (1967), which won a National Book Award, and most recently Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected Poems (2013). He […]
    • Date: 1926