Jack Gilbert was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1925. He published eight poetry collections, including Views of Jeopardy (1962), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Series; Monolithos (1982), winner of the Stanley Kunitz Prize and the American Poetry Review Prize; and Refusing Heaven (2005), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other honors included fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he was a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. An American Literature lecturer for the U.S. State Department, he was 1999-2000 Grace Hazard Conkling writer-in-residence at Smith College and a visiting professor and writer-in-residence at the University of Tennessee in 2004. Gilbert died in 2012.
Audio Recordings of Jack Gilbert
- Jack Gilbert reading his poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, Nov. 7, 1963