J.D. McClatchy was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in 1945. He is the author of several poetry collections, including The Rest of the Way (1992), winner of the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; Hazmat (2002); and Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (2014). He has also written three essay collections, including White Paper: On Contemporary American Poetry (1989), winner of the Melville Cane Award from the Poetry Society of America. In addition to his poetry and essays, McClatchy is the editor of more than 20 books. Among his many honors, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Connecticut Governor’s Award. He served as president of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and from 1996-2003 was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He taught at Columbia, Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, and Princeton Universities, and served as editor of The Yale Review for more than 25 years. McClatchy died in New York City in 2018.
Audio Recordings on J.D. McClatchy
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Deborah Digges and J.D. McClatchy reading their poems on March 11, 1993.