Join our Executive Director, Andy Fisk at the Poetry Center at Smith College for this exceptional literary event!
ROBERT HASS has earned top accolades such as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the MacArthur Genius Grant, and two National Book Critics Circle Awards—one each for Poetry and Criticism. Judge Stanley Kunitz selected Field Guide for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1972, praising the debut collection as “a big, strong-hearted, earthy book, in the American epic tradition of Whitman and Neruda.”
Subsequent works such as Praise, Human Wishes, and Sun Under Wood experiment with memoir, dialogue, Buddhist thought, and unconventional form but stay true to Hass’ profound interest in the earth. In 1995 he was selected as the United States Poet Laureate, serving two terms that were seminal in locating that role at the nexus of art and activism. Together with writer and activist Pamela Michael he founded River of Words, a nonprofit organization for eco-literacy education that provides poetry and art competitions for youth. Hass’ most recent books are The Apple Trees at Olema (New & Selected Poems) and A Little Book on Form. In addition to his teaching at the University of California at Berkeley and elsewhere, Hass has served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Today he lives in California with his wife, the poet and antiwar activist Brenda Hillman.
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