Meet the Poets: Sylvia Plath

  Sylvia Plath 1982 Pulitzer Prize Poetry “Mad Girl’s Love Song” I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again. (I think I made you up inside my head.) The stars go waltzing out in blue and red, And arbitrary blackness gallops in: I shut… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Sylvia Plath

Meet the Poets: Sylvia Plath – 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

“Mad Girl’s Love Song I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again. (I think I made you up inside my head.) The stars go waltzing out in blue and red, And arbitrary blackness gallops in: I shut my eyes and all the world drops… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Sylvia Plath – 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Meet the Poets: W.S. Merwin – 1971 and 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

“Any work of art makes one very simple demand on anyone who genuinely wants to get in touch with it. And that is to stop. You’ve got to stop what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, and what you’re expecting and just be there for the poem for however long it take.” — W.S. Merwin. William… Continue reading Meet the Poets: W.S. Merwin – 1971 and 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on today for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy. He is the first American to win since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993. In a 2013 Op-Ed Essay in the… Continue reading Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

My Writer’s Group

One way a writer can improve his odds of traditional publication is having an established writer as a mentor. Writing groups can also encourage and mentor. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919 a young veteran returned from World War I. He moved to Chicago moving into a certain neighborhood… Continue reading My Writer’s Group

Meet the Poets: Mona Van Duyn – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1991 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1992

Mona Jane Van Duyn (May 9, 1921 – December 2, 2004) was an American poet. She won every major American award for poetry and was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1992. In 1921, Mona Van Duyn was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and raised in the small town of… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Mona Van Duyn – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1991 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1992

Meet the Poets: Bob Dylan – 2008 Pulitzer Prize: Special Awards and Citations

The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded Bob Dylan a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” PERSONAL INFORMATION Birth: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. Occupation: Singer, musician. Family: son of Abe Zimmerman and Beatrice Rutman; m. Sara Lownds… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Bob Dylan – 2008 Pulitzer Prize: Special Awards and Citations

Meet the Poets: Archibald MacLeish – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1933, 1953, and 1959.

Archibald MacLeish was born in Glencoe, Illinois, on 7th May 1892. After graduating from Yale University in 1915 and two years later his first book of poems, Tower of Ivory, was published. MacLeish he joined the United States Army in 1917. He served in France as a field artillery officer during the First World War… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Archibald MacLeish – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1933, 1953, and 1959.

Meet the Poets: Elizabeth Bishop – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1956 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1949 -1950

Elizabeth Bishop (February 8, 1911 – October 6, 1979) was an American poet, short-story writer, and recipient of the 1976 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956 and the National Book Award winner in 1970. Elizabeth… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Elizabeth Bishop – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1956 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1949 -1950

Meet the Poets: Maxine Kumin – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1973 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1981 -1982

Maxine Kumin (born June 6, 1925) is an American poet and author. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1981–1982. She received her BA and MA from Radcliffe College. She has published numerous books of poetry, including Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 (W. W. Norton,… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Maxine Kumin – Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 1973 and Poet Laureate of the United States of America 1981 -1982