Collins (1941- ) was born in New York City. He is one of America’s
best-selling poets. His books include “Sailing Alone Around
the Room: New and Selected Poems” in 2001, “Picnic,
Lightning” in 1998, and “The Art of Drowning” in
1995. In October 2004, Collins was the inaugural recipient of the
Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for humorous poetry.
He has served as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library
and he is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College,
City University of New York, where he has taught for the past 30
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Glück (1943- ) was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. She is the author of nine books of poetry, including “The Wild Iris,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Her poetry book “Ararat” (1990) received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. Other honors include the Bollingen Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. She teaches at Williams College. She is on the faculty of Yale University as Adjunct Professor of English Rosencranz Writer in Residence, Creative Writing. Louise Glück also served as Special Bicentennial Consultant, 1999-2000, along with Rita Dove and W.S. Merwin.
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Kooser (1939- ), who was born in Ames, Iowa, received his bachelor's
degree from Iowa State and his master's in English from the University
of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is the author of 10 collections of
poetry, including "Delights & Shadows," which won
the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. His other honors include two National
Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and the Stanley
Kunitz Prize from Columbia. He is a professor in the English department
at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
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Hall (1928- ), who was born in New Haven, Conn., received his bachelor’s
degree from Harvard College and a bachelor’s in literature
from Oxford University. He has published 15 books of poetry, including
his latest, “White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected
Poems 1946-2006.” He has also written 20 books of prose,
children’s books and plays. He received the National Book
Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for his
poetry book “The One Day” (1988). He lives in New Hampshire.
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Charles Simic (1938- ) was born in Yugoslavia on May 9, 1938. His
childhood was complicated by the events of World War II. He moved
to Paris with his mother when he was 15; a year later, they joined
his father in New York and then moved to Oak Park, a suburb of
Chicago, where he graduated from the same high school as Ernest
Hemingway. Simic attended the University of Chicago, working nights
in an office at the Chicago Sun Times, but was drafted
into the U.S. Army in 1961 and served until 1963. He earned his
bachelor's degree from New York University in 1966. From 1966
to 1974 he wrote and translated poetry, and he also worked as
an editorial assistant for Aperture, a photography magazine.
He married fashion designer Helen Dubin in 1964. They have two
children. He has been a U.S. citizen since 1971 and lives in Strafford,
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Kay Ryan (1945- ) was born in 1945 in San Jose, California, and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. For more than 30 years, she taught remedial English at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Ryan’s poems are known for their brevity, wit, and frequent use of slant and internal rhymes. Her most recent book is The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010).
"Poetry for the Mind's Joy," included a poetry-writing contest, a videoconference with students at community colleges, and designation of April 1 as Community College Poetry Day. The events were sponsored by the Library, in collaboration with the Community College Humanities Association.
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