Sponsored by Department of English
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This year's Hausman Lecture is presented by Louise Gluck, one of America’s finest 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.” Evocative and lyrically graceful, 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 her newest volume, Poems: 1962-2012.
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, Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize, M.I.T. Anniversary Medal, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Glück taught at Williams College for 20 years and is currently Rosenkranz writer-in-residence at Yale University. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1999 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
This event is open to the public.