U.S. Poet Laureate

Joseph Auslander

Joseph Auslander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1897. The first consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, he was the author of several poetry collections, including The Unconquerables: Salutes to the Undying Spirit of the Nazi-Occupied Countries (Simon and Schuster, 1943).

William Stafford

William Stafford

Born in 1914, William Stafford's first major collection of poems, Traveling Through the Dark, was published when he was forty-eight years old and won the National Book Award in 1963. He went on to publish more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose. In 1970, he was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position currently known as the Poet Laureate).

Howard Nemerov

Howard Nemerov

Born on February 29, 1920 in New York, New York, Howard Nemerov displayed an early interest in the arts, as did his younger sister, the photographer Diane Arbus.

Richard Wilbur

Richard Wilbur

Born in New York City in 1921, Richard Wilbur is the author of numerous books of poetry and the recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award.

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

The author of several collections of poetry, Robert Pinsky won the 1997 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his book The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996

Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden's poetry, which explored his concerns about race and African-American history, gained international recognition in the 1960s, and Hayden eventually became the first black American to be appointed as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress. 

Robert Hass

Robert Hass

Robert Hass, who won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for his collection Time and Materials, served as poet laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007.

Robert Frost

Robert Frost

One of the most celebrated poets in America, Robert Frost was an author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes and a quintessentially modern poet in his adherence to language as it is actually spoken, in the psychological complexity of his portraits, and in the degree to which his work is infused with layers of ambiguity and irony.

Mona Van Duyn

Mona Van Duyn

Born in Iowa in 1921, poet Mona Van Duyn published many collections of poetry and served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1992-1993.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks, who wrote more than twenty books of poetry in her lifetime, was the first black woman appointed Poet Laureate of the United States.

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