Biographies Richard Howard (1929-)

Richard Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929. He is the author of 16 poetry collections, including Untitled Subjects (1969), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; No Traveller (1989); and Like Most Revelations: New Poems (1994). He has also translated more than 100 books into English, including Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal (1983), for which he received the American Book Award. Howard’s other honors include the Levinson Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and a PEN Translation Medal, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. He served as Poet Laureate of New York from 1994 to 1996 and was the President of the PEN America Center from 1979 to 1980. A former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Howard currently teaches in the writing division of the School of Fine Arts at Columbia University.

lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter.

Audio Recordings with Richard Howard

  • Mary Kinzie and Richard Howard reading their poems in the Mumford Room, Library of Congress, Feb. 25, 1999

Selected Works at the Library of Congress