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 plays, over 10 children’s books and short stories, and six memoirs. He has edited more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies, including New Poets of England and America (with Robert Pack and Louis Simpson, 1957) and Contemporary American Poetry (1962; revised 1972). The recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and the National Medal of Arts, Hall served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2006-2007. He was the first poetry editor of The Paris Review and was also a member of the editorial board for poetry at Wesleyan University Press for over five years. He lived in Wilmot, New Hampshire, until his death in 2018.
Audio Recordings of Donald Hall
- Donald Hall and Etheridge Knight reading their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, February 25, 1986
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Donald Hall and Charles Simic reading their poems in the Montpelier Room, Library of Congress, March 4, 1999