William Meredith was born in New York City in 1919. He is the author of nine poetry collections, including Love Letter from an Impossible Land (1944), Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems (1987), and Effort at Speech: New and Selected Poems (1997). He has also written two prose books, and has translated, edited, and co-edited over five books. Meredith received fellowships from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Loines Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize from The Poetry Foundation. Furthermore, he served many years for the U.S. Navy, during which he achieved the title of Lieutenant Commander and received two Air Medals. Meredith taught English at Princeton University as Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Writing and Resident Fellow in Creative Writing for four years, was an instructor at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College for four years, and taught English at Connecticut College from 1955-1983. In 1963, he was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for two years. William Meredith died in 2007.
Audio Recordings of William Meredith
- Reasons for poetry: some roles contemporary poets see themselves fulfilling; a lecture by William Meredith in the Coolidge Auditorium, May 7, 1979
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, William Meredith, Consultant in Poetry, reading his poems and those of other consultants in poetry in the Coolidge Auditorium, Oct. 6, 1980