Mona Van Duyn was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1921. She is the author of ten collections of poetry, including To See, To Take (1970), winner of the National Book Award; Near Changes (1990), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and Selected Poems (2003). She was the first woman to become the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and elected as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1985. Her other honors include fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Bollingen Prize, the Hart Crane Memorial Award, and the Eunice Tietjens Award from Poetry magazine. For over fifteen years she was a lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and named Visiting Hurst Professor. In addition, Van Duyn was the co-founder of Perspective, a Quarterly of Literature in 1947 and co-editor until 1975. Mona Van Duyn died in 2004.
Audio Recordings of Mona Van Duyn
- As a part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Mona Van Duyn reading her poems in the Montpelier Room, Oct. 7, 1992