by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist
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 of American and British poets laureate.
This guide compiles
links to resources on Donald Hall throughout the Library
of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites
that include features on Hall’s life or selections
of his work.
Library of Congress Web Site
•Selected Press Releases, Articles
•Audio and Video
•Biographical Information, Poetry
•Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
•Prose by Donald Hall
•Donald Hall in the News
of Donald Hall from the Poetry & Literature
Official press release announcing Donald Hall's appointment
as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
"'Plainspoken, Rural Poet': Donald Hall Appointed Poet Laureate"
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, July/August, 2006
"Poets Laureate Bridge Atlantic: Hall, Motion in First-Time Poetry Event"
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, June 2007
"Spanning the Pond, the Poets Laureate Read"
Library of Congress Blog, May 11, 2007
Audio and Video
Poet and the Poem Audio Webcast, October 3, 2006 (Direct link; 57:58)
Hall reads “Mount Kearsarge” (MP3; 00:46)
Poets Laureate Donald Hall and Andrew Motion, May 10, 2007 (1:04:39)
Donald Hall Opening the Literary Season October 3, 2006 (47:34)
Donald Hall at the 2006 National Book Festival (44:10)
Donald Hall at the 2005 National Book Festival (36:35)
Works by Donald Hall in the Library of Congress online
catalog can be found under the following author headings:
Hall, Donald, 1928-
Hall, Donald, 1928- [from old catalog]
Works about Donald Hall, which include memoirs and poetry
written by Hall himself, can be found in the Library of
online catalog under
the following subject headings:
Hall, Donald, 1928-
Hall, Donald, 1928- Authorship.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Criticism and interpretation.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Friends and associates.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Homes and haunts New Hampshire.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Interviews.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Marriage.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Marriage Poetry.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Musical settings.
Biographical Information, Poetry
Academy of American Poets
A biography of Donald Hall, samples of his poetry and prose,
and links to external resources.
Blue Flower Arts
A biography of Donald Hall and information about his most recent books.
A biography of Donald Hall, selections of his poetry and prose,
as well as audio recordings and podcasts featuring his
Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
"An Interview With Donald Hall"
Poetry Daily. This 2009 interview originally appeared in American Poetry Review, May/June 2011.
"Poet's Gift Folds into Night: Inspiration has Left, Hall Says"
Concord Monitor, March 2, 2011
How a Poem Happens, June 15, 2009
"Thinking with Muscle and Tongue: The Poetry of Donald Hall" January 2009
Wild River Review, January 2009
Ask Donald Hall! (Apple Learning Interchange)
From April to June, 2007, Donald Hall responded via video to questions submitted by teenagers and educators.
"Donald Hall: An Advocate for the Understanding of Poetry"
The Christian Science Monitor,
April 17, 2007
Identity Theory, December 18, 2006
"For Poet Laureate, In Vino Veritas"
June 30, 2006
Newsweek, June 16, 2006
"An Interview with Donald Hall"
elimae, December 1996-January 2007
"Telling Suffering: A Brief Interview with Donald Hall" (PDF, 118 KB)
The Hedgehog Review, Fall 2006
"A Conversation with Donald Hall"
The Atlantic, October 1996.
"Flying Revision's Flag"
Poetry.com. Originally published in Kestral in 1993.
"Work That Builds a Sense of Home"
The Christian Science Monitor, November 6, 1991
"The Art of Poetry No. 43," The Paris Review, Issue 120, Fall 1991.
Radio and Television Programs
Two Former U.S. Poet Laureates, Billy Collins and Donald Hall (51:20)
The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, October 8, 2008
Donald Hall Reads His Poetry
A Prairie Home Companion, June 28, 2008
"Amid Tragedy, A Place for Poetry"
Minnesota Public Radio, April 26, 2007
Poet Laureate: Donald Hall (29:01)
Prime Time Radio, October 17, 2006
Poetry's New Chief: Donald Hall (08:54)
All Thing Considered, NPR, June 14, 2006
Poet Laureate Hails from New Hampshire (03:17)
Morning Edition, NPR, June 14, 2006
Donald Hall --
New U.S. Poet Laureate (30:00)
New Hampshire Public Radio,
June 14, 2006
New Hampshire Public Radio, April 3, 2006
Hall Reflects on His Life of Poetry (07:14)
Minnesota Public Radio, January 21, 2005
Hall's Baseball Poetry (03:08)
Day to Day, NPR, October 28, 2004
Donald Hall (31:45)
Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR, April 10, 2002
Hall on his marriage to Jane Kenyon (11:31)
All Things Considered, NPR, April 19, 1998
Interview with Donald Hall (41:39)
Wired for Books, 1990
Essential American Poets
Donald Hall's selection of classic American poets reading from their work. From the Poetry Foundation.
Donald Hall Received the 2010 National Medal of Arts
YouTube. March 2, 2011.
"Reading by Donald Hall" (six parts)
Purdue University, November 5, 2009 (via YouTube)
"Donald Hall and the Poetic Process" (38:23)
Books, Inq., June 11, 2009
The Kelly Writers House (59:42)
April 16 and 17, 2007
"A Poetry Reading" (29:10)
University of Virginia, February 2, 2007 (via YouTube)
Laureate Donald Hall Reflects on Age and Nature" (09:48)
Online NewsHour, October 16, 2006
Authors’ Series: Donald Hall (28:34)
NH Outlook, July 29, 2005
University of Virginia, November 11, 2003
Web of Stories
Video series featuring Donald Hall discussing his life and work.
YouTube video results for Donald Hall
Prose by Donald Hall
"The Third Thing"
Poetry Foundation. Originally appeared in
Poetry, November 2004
"Death to the Death of Poetry"
Poetry.com. Originally from Harper's magazine, 1989
"Poetry and Ambition"
Poetry.com. Originally appeared in the Kenyon Review, n.s., 5, no. 4 (1983)
Drafts of Donald Hall's Ox Cart Man
University of New Hampshire Library
The Back Chamber (2011)
Los Angeles Times
Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry (2008)
The Christian Science Monitor
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
News search on Donald Hall
Blog entries on Donald
Hall, via Google Blogs