Mark Strand was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1934. He is the author of 17 poetry collections, including Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964), Blizzard of One (1998), and most recently, Collected Poems (2014). He has also written five books of prose, five volumes of translation, and multiple children’s books. Strand has received a Fulbright fellowship, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and the MacArthur and Ingram Merrill Foundations, as well as the Pulitzer Prize, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Edgar Allen Poe Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Gold Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1981, served as the Poet Laureate of the United States, and served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for five years. He taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Utah, the University of Chicago, and Columbia University, and had been a visiting professor at University of Virginia, Yale, and Harvard. Mark Strand died in 2014.
Audio Recordings on Mark Strand
- Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, A poetry reading by Mark Strand on April 13, 1987
- Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Mark Strand reading his poems in the Montpelier Room, May 2, 1992
- Views of the mysterious hill: the appearance of Parnassus in American poetry; lecture by Mark Strand in the Montpelier Room, Oct. 1, 1990