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 is also the author of three plays and seven books of prose. Duncan received the Guggenheim Fellowship and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine. In 1956, he taught at Black Mountain College and became the leader of the Black Mountain group of poets. In that same year, Duncan was named director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University until 1957. Robert Duncan died in 1988.
Audio Recordings of Robert Edward Duncan
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Robert Edward Duncan and Jerome Rothenberg reading their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Apr. 26, 1976