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Richard Eberhart Poems

 

Richard Eberhart was a remarkable American award-winning poet and playwright whose long life spanned the early years of both the 20th and 21st centuries.   His considerable output of poetry saw him publish at least a dozen books of verse and he won both a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for two of his collections. He was born Richard Ghormley Eberhart on the 5th April 1904 ...

Jane Kenyon Poems

 

Jane Kenyon was a 20th century American poet who was appointed Poet Laureate of New Hampshire shortly before her untimely death in 1995.  She was also responsible for translating a number of works by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova into English.  Like many other poets before her she made regular contributions to a literary journal;  in her case it was to Columbia: A Journal of ...

Mary Oliver Poems

 

Mary Oliver is a multi-award-winning US born poet that has a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award against her name.  It was her fifth collection of poetry that won the Pulitzer, in 1984, with the title American Primitive.  Over her lifetime she has been one of her country’s best-selling poets. She was born on the 10th September 1935 in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio ...

Rosanna Warren Poems

 

Rosanna Warren is an acclaimed American poet, literary critic, university professor and scholar.  She has also been involved in the editing of collections of translated works by French, Italian and Ancient Greek poets.  One of her recent books was Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry which was a 2008 title of literary criticism. She was born on the 27th July 1953 in unusual and ...

May Sarton Poems

 

May Sarton was a Belgian-born American writer famous for her poetry, novels and a number of memoirs documenting her life at different stages. She was born Eleanore Marie Sarton on the 3rd May 1912 in Wondelgem, Belgium,  a place which is now a suburb of the city of Ghent.  Her father was a Belgian scientist who was a great philosophical thinker, striving to link science and ...

Galway Kinnell Poems

 

Galway Kinnell was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose collection of poetry called Selected Poems won him that award in 1982.  He also served as the state of Vermont’s Poet Laureate between the years 1989-1993. He was born on the 1st February 1927 in the Rhode Island town of Providence although he spent all of his formative years in Pawtucket, close by.  He was ...

US Poets Laureate and the Presidents They Served Under

 

With Presidents' Day coming up in the United States, we're thinking a lot about Poets Laureate, the official poets of the nation. The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, as they're formally known, is appointed by the Librarian of Congress for a one year term, serving from October to May. It's fairly common, however, for the Librarian of Congress to renew a Poet Laureate's term for an ...

Rita Dove Poems

 

Rita Dove is a multi-award winning American poet, playwright and creative writing teacher whose chief honour was serving as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress between 1993 and 1995.  She also won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, being only the second African-American to do so. She was born Rita Frances Dove on the 28th August 1952 in Akron, Ohio, ...

Kay Ryan Poems

 

Kay Ryan is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and one-time Poet Laureate of the United States.  Additionally she has spent time as an English teacher at the College of Marin, Kentfield. She was born on the 21st September 1945 in San Jose, California.  She was educated in the area of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert.  She achieved both Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees at ...

Natasha Trethewey Poems

 

Natasha Trethewey is an American prize-winning poet who also had the honour of serving as United States Poet Laureate for two terms, plus Poet Laureate for her home state of Mississippi.  She is an English and Creative Writing Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She was born on the 26th April 1966 in Gulfport, Mississippi.  Her parents were actually deemed to be illegally married ...