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Robert Pinsky


Robert Pinsky was the first United States Poet Laureate to be appointed by the Library of Congress for an unprecedented three terms. As Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000, Robert became a public ambassador for poetry, founding the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans shared their favorite poems to be compiled in the anthology Americans’ Favorite Poems, now in its 18th printing.

Robert’s poems have earned praise for their vivid imagination and musical energy. His book, Gulf Music, is his seventh poetry volume. His The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and received the Lenore Marshall Award and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. Robert’s poems appear in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review, American Poetry Review and The Best American Poetry. His most recent chapbook is entitled First Things to Hand.

In addition to his poetic works, Robert has also written several critical books that explore the connections between poetry, cultural needs and social meaning. Pinsky’s prose book, The Life of David, is a lively retelling and examination of the Old Testament David stories.

Robert Pinsky is also a renowned translator. His best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. He is also co-translator of The Separate Notebooks, poems by Polish Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz.

The poetry editor for the online magazine Slate for seven years, Robert appeared regularly on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He writes the weekly “Poet’s Choice” column for the Washington Post. Robert is also the winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2006 Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Literary Arts.

Robert teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, he is one of the few members of the organization to have appeared on The Simpsons.

Robert Pinsky

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