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Donald Hall: Online Resources

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist
Donald Hall
Donald Hall,
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2006-07

Courtesy Stephen Ratiner.

On June 14, 2006, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Donald Hall to be the Library’s 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. On making the appointment, Billington said, "Donald Hall is one of America’s most distinctive and respected literary figures. For more than 50 years, he has written beautiful poetry on a wide variety of subjects that are often distinctly American and conveyed with passion." Hall served one term as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 2007. During his year as poet laureate, Hall and Andrew Motion engaged in a historic joint reading (see video below) of American and British poets laureate.

This guide compiles links to resources on Donald Hall throughout the Library of Congress website, as well as links to external websites that include features on Hall’s life or selections of his work.

Library of Congress Website

Biographical Information

Press Releases


From the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

Other Media


Poets Laureate Donald Hall and Andrew Motion, May 10, 2007 (1:04:39)

More videos of Donald Hall

Print Resources

Works by Donald Hall in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author headings:

Works about Donald Hall, which include memoirs and poetry written by Hall himself, can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under the following subject headings:

External Websites

Biographical Information, Poetry

  • Academy of American Poets
    A biography of Donald Hall, samples of his poetry and prose, and links to external resources.
  • Guide to the Donald Hall Papers, 1928-2014, University of New Hampshire
    "The collection is approximately 700 cubic feet in extent, most of which is unprocessed. The largest part consists of correspondence and manuscript drafts and is approximately 600 cubic feet. The remaining 100 or so cubic feet are books. There are also recordings and photographs. Accrual of new material is ongoing."
  • Poetry Foundation
    A biography of Donald Hall, selections of his poetry and prose, as well as audio recordings and podcasts featuring his work.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

Audio Recordings

Radio and Television Programs

Other Audio


Prose by Donald Hall

Educational Resources

Book Reviews

A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety (2018)
Associated Press | Kirkus Reviews | Publishers Weekly | The Washington Post

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall (2015)
The Missourian | Publishers Weekly

Essays After Eighty (2014)
Chicago Sun-Times | The Dallas Morning News | Genesee Country Express (NY) | The Huffington Post
Los Angeles Review of Books | The New York Times | PopMatters | Star Tribune (MN) | The Washington Post

The Back Chamber (2011)
Concord Monitor | Los Angeles Times

Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry (2008)
Bookslut | The Christian Science Monitor | Identity Theory | Kirkus Reviews

White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006 (2006)
The Iowa Review

The Painted Bed (2002)

Life Work (1993)
Review by Dana Gioia

Donald Hall in the News

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