Charles Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1938. He is the author of over 30 poetry collections, including The World Doesn’t End: Prose Poems (1989), which received the Pulitzer Prize; Jackstraws (1999); and Selected Poems: 1963-2003 (2004), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of eight books of prose and has translated 13 poetry collections. Simic has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been awarded the Frost Medal, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the PEN Translation Prize. He served as the 15th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and was elected as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2001. Simic has also been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, he teaches English and creative writing and lives in Strafford, New Hampshire.
Audio Recordings on Charles Simic
- Charles Simic reading his poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, Dec. 6, 1973
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, John Ashbery and Charles Simic reading and discussing their poems on November 24, 1975.
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Donald Hall and Charles Simic reading their poems in the Montpelier Room, Library of Congress, March 4, 1999