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Donald Hall, 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, 2006-2007Donald Hall, 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, 2006-2007.

Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1951, and in 1953 his bachelor's in literature from Oxford University. For the past 30 years he has lived on Eagle Pond Farm in rural New Hampshire, in the house where his grandmother and mother were born. He has two children from his first marriage and five grandchildren. Hall was married for 23 years to the poet Jane Kenyon, who died in 1995. In 1998, he published Without (Houghton Mifflin), a collection of poems expressing his grief over Kenyon's death: "The mosaic of a whole period, with all its inner moods and its physical accessories, is masterfully accomplished" (New York Review of Books).

Hall has published nearly 20 books of poetry, beginning with Exiles and Marriages in 1955. In 2015, he published The Selected Poems of Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin), a volume of his essential life's work. Among his books for children, Ox-Cart Man won the Caldecott Medal. His 20 books of prose include Willow Temple: New and Selected Stories (2003), The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005), and a collection of his essays about poetry, Breakfast Served Any Time All Day (2003). He has written extensively about life in New Hampshire in Seasons at Eagle Pond (1987) and Here at Eagle Pond (2000).

For his poetry, Donald Hall received the Marshall/Nation Award in 1987 for The Happy Man; both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1988 for The One Day; the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement in 1994; two Guggenheim Fellowships; and the National Medal of Arts. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Books of poetry by Donald Hall

  • Exiles and Marriages (1955)
  • The Dark Houses (1958)
  • A Roof of Tiger Lilies (1964)
  • The Alligator Bride (1969)
  • The Yellow Room (1971)
  • The Town of Hill (1975)
  • Kicking the Leaves (1978)
  • The Happy Man (1986)
  • The One Day (1988)
  • Old and New Poems (1990)
  • The Museum of Clear Ideas (1993)
  • The Old Life (1996)
  • Without (1998)
  • The Painted Bed (2002)
  • White Apples and the Taste of Stone (2006)
  • The Back Chamber (2011)
  • The Selected Poems of Donald Hall (2015)

Books of prose by Donald Hall

  • String Too Short to Be Saved (1961)
  • Henry Moore: The Life and Work of a Great Sculptor (1966)
  • Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball (1976)
  • Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport, Mostly Baseball (1985)
  • The Ideal Bakery: Stories (1987)
  • Seasons at Eagle Pond (1987)
  • Here at Eagle Pond: Essays (1990)
  • Their Ancient Glittering Eyes: Remembering Poets and More Poets: Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, T.S. Eliot, Archbald MacLeish, Yvor Winters, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound (1992)
  • Life Work (1993)
  • Principal Products of Portugal: Prose Pieces (1995)
  • Willow Temple: New and Selected Stories (2003)
  • The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (2005)
  • Eagle Pond (2007)
  • Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry (2008)
  • Essays After Eighty (2014)