John Hollander was born in New York City in 1929. He is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, including A Crackling of Thorns (1958), selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award; Blue Wine and Other Poems (1979); and Powers of Thirteen (1983), winner of the Bollingen Prize. A prolific scholar and critic, Hollander also wrote more than 10 volumes of literary criticism, including the widely published introduction to prosody, Rhyme’s Reason (1981). His many honors include the Levinson Prize, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hollander was the Poet Laureate of Connecticut from 2006–2011, and taught at Connecticut College, Hunter College, and Yale University, the latter where he was the Sterling Professor Emeritus of English. John Hollander died in 2013.
Audio Recordings with John Hollander
- John Hollander reading his poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, Nov. 26, 1973
- Alan Williamson and John Hollander reading their poems in the Montpelier Room, Library of Congress, Dec. 3, 1998