Biographies John Hall Wheelock (1886-1978)

John Hall Wheelock (credit: Elizabeth Dunn, Duke University)

John Hall Wheelock was born in New York City in 1886. He is the author of 14poetry collections, including Collected Poems 1911-1936 (1936), Poems Old and New (1956), and This Blessed Earth: New and Selected Poems 1927-1977 (1978). His honors include the Bollingen Prize for Poetry from Yale University, the Poetry Society of America’s Gold Medal, and the New England Poetry Society’s Golden Rose Award. From 1947-1971, Wheelock served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In addition, he served as vice president of both the Poetry Society of America and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Wheelock was the editor-in-chief at the publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons where he created the Poets of Today series. He died in 1978.

Audio Recordings with John Hall Wheelock

Selected Works at the Library of Congress