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Ted Kooser Poems

 

Ted Kooser is a US poet and university lecturer who has also spent time in the life insurance industry and was the editor of a newspaper for a time.  Many honours and awards have come his way, the most prestigious being his appointment in 2004 to the post of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He filled this role for two years and ...

Charles Simic Poems

 

Charles Simic is a Serbian-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and university lecturer.  He has taught at the University of New Hampshire since 1973 and is currently professor emeritus of American literature and creative writing.  He was nominated three times for the Pulitzer award, winning it once in 1990 for The World Doesn't End, but his greatest achievement came in 2007 when he was appointed 15th ...

Robert Pinsky Poems

 

Robert Pinsky is an US university lecturer, literary critic and poet who has also produced a number of works of translation, most notably a collaboration with Robert Hass and Renata Gorczynski to translate the work of Polish poet Czesław Miłosz.  Amongst his many honours and awards was his appointment as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress between the years 1997-2000. He was born on ...

Anthony Hecht Poems

 

Anthony Hecht was an American multi-award winning poet of German-Jewish origins whose writing was much influenced by the terrible events that he experienced in Germany towards the end of the Second World War.  Post-war he worked as a journalist for the military paper The Stars and Stripes and had a number of teaching assignments at various educational establishments. He was born Anthony Evan Hecht on the ...

Robert Fitzgerald Poems

 

Robert Fitzgerald was a 20th century American poet, university professor and literary critic who also worked for a number of years as both a newspaper and magazine journalist.  He made a considerable name for himself as a translator of classic Greek and Latin works and these became a source of standard reference for students for a number of generations afterwards. He was born ...

Mark Strand Poems

 

Mark Strand was a Canadian-born, multi-award winning American poet who also published essays and works of translation.  His greatest honour was his appointment as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990.  He also spent many years teaching at universities all over the United States as well as in Brazil, both on the academic staffs and in visiting professor ...

Robert Hass Poems

 

Robert Hass is a US poet now in his seventies who has won many honours and awards for his writing, including his appointment as National Poet Laureate between the years 1995-97.  Much of his writing reflects his Californian origins in both subject matter and attitude and he has been described in some quarters as "a lyrical virtuoso who is able to turn even cooking recipes into poetry”.  ...

William Meredith Poems

 

William Meredith was an American poet, journalist, wartime fighter pilot and professor of English at a number of educational establishments.  His great literary achievements won him a number of honours and awards including being appointed his country’s Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1978, serving in this post for two years.  Unusually, he was the first gay ...

Juan Felipe Herrera Poems

 

Juan Felipe Herrera is a Mexican-American writer who, in 2015, became the first Chicano to be appointed Poet Laureate for the United States.  Additionally he is an accomplished performer and cartoonist and has taught at a variety of higher education establishments in places such as Iowa and California. He was born on the 27th December 1948 in Fowler, California, the son of Hispanic immigrant ...

Josephine Jacobsen Poems

 

Josephine Jacobsen was a US, multi-award winning short-story writer, poet and critic.  Her many honours included being made Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1971.  In 1997 she was awarded the prestigious Robert Frost award to celebrate her lifetime achievements in poetry. She was born on the 19th August 1908 in Ontario which came as a big shock to her parents who ...