Former Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1940. He is the author of six books of poetry: Jersey Rain (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000); The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 (1996), which won the 1997 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize nominee; The Want Bone (1990); History of My Heart (1984); An Explanation of America (1980); and Sadness and Happiness (1975). In 1999 he co-edited Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology with Maggie Dietz (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.). He has also published four books of criticism, including The Sounds of Poetry (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Poetry and the World (1988) and The Situation of Poetry (1977); two books of translation: The Inferno of Dante (1994), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, and The Separate Notebooks by Czeslaw Milosz (with Renata Gorczynski and Robert Hass); and a computerized novel, Mindwheel (1985). His honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, Poetry Magazine's Oscar Blumenthal prize, the William Carlos Williams Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He is currently poetry editor of the weekly Internet magazine Slate. Pinsky teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University, and in 1997 was named the United States Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He lives in Newton Corner, Massachusetts.
Poet will be on campus for Workshop/Poetry Reading on Wednesday, March 31, 1999.