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Charles Simic was the 15th U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The author of 18 books of poetry, Simic is also an essayist, translator, and editor. His work has been recognized with several awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for his book of prose poems "The World Doesn't End ," the Griffin Prize in 2005 for "Selected Poems: 1963-2003 ," and the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award for Mastery in the Art of Poetry from the Academy of American Poets. His most recent poetry volume is "My Noiseless Entourage "(2005). He lives in Strafford, New Hampshire, and is professor emeritus of creative writing and literature at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught for 34 years.