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The Mohr Visiting Poet.
Louise Glück is one of America’s most honored contemporary poets. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Glück is a former Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Stephen Dobyns, writing in the New York Times Book Review, said “no American poet writes better than Louise Glück, perhaps none can lead us so deeply into our own nature.” Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass has called her “one of the purest and most accomplished lyric poets now writing.”
Glück's work is noted for its emotional intensity and technical precision; her language, staunchly straightforward, is clear and refined, so-much-so one does "not see the intervening fathoms.” Glück's considerable accomplishments as a poet are apparent in the volume Poems: 1962-2012.
Gluck’s most recent collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. Other recent books are A Village Life (2009), which was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and Averno (2006), which was nominated for the National Book Award, won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and was listed by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Glück has received many honors. In 2001, she was awarded the Bollingen Prize, given biennially for a poet's lifetime achievement. And in 2008, Glück received the Wallace Stevens Award for “outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.” Her other honors include the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the M.I.T. Anniversary Medal, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a distinction that is given every six years. In addition, Louise Glück received the 2015 National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Glück is currently Rosenkranz writer-in-residence at Yale University. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 – 2005, and she is a currently member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.