Joseph Brodsky was born in Leningrad (present-day St. Petersburg), Russia, in 1940. He is the author of nine collections of English-language poetry, including Selected Poems (1973), So Forth (1996), and Collected Poems in English (2000). He is also the author of three essay collections, including Less Than One: Selected Essays, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987, was appointed the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1991-92, and served as poet-in-residence at the University of Michigan for over five years. Brodsky taught at Mount Holyoke College and Columbia, Yale, and Cambridge Universities. He was also co-founder of the American Poetry & Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization to help make poetry more central to American culture. Joseph Brodsky died in 1996.
Audio Recordings on Joseph Brodsky
- Poet Laureate/Consultant in Poetry Joseph Brodsky delivering a lecture to open the 1991-92 literary season
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Joseph Brodsky reading his poetry on May 14, 1992