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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 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.

LISTEN: Donald Hall and Charles Simic reading their poems in the Montpelier Room, Library of Congress, March 4, 1999. From the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.


Library of Congress Web Site
   •Biographical Information
   •Selected Press Releases, Articles
   •Audio and Video
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Prose by Donald Hall
   •Educational Resources
   •Book Reviews
   •Donald Hall in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

Biographical Information

Biography of Donald Hall from the Poetry & Literature Center

Press Releases

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)

Donald 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)

Print Resources

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 Congress 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.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

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.

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

"A Q&A With Poet Donald Hall, Author of December’s #1 Indie Next List Pick"
American Booksellers Association, December 2, 2015

"The Interview: With a Lot of Poetry Comes Lots of Bad Poetry Says Donald Hall"
New Hampshire Union Leader, June 20, 2015

"Donald Hall on Meeting Dylan Thomas and a Chipmunk"
The Washington Post Style Blog, March 2, 2015

"Interview: The Poet Donald Hall"
The Washington Post January 6, 2015

"What's Donald Hall Reading?"
Tampa Bay Times, January 4, 2015

"Too Old to Write a Poem"
The Christian Science Monitor, December 22, 2014

"At Eagle Pond: Donald Hall Reflects on Life after Poetry"
The Poetry Foundation, December 17, 2014

"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

"Donald Hall"
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

"Donald Hall"
Identity Theory, December 18, 2006

"For Poet Laureate, In Vino Veritas"
Harvard Crimson, June 30, 2006

"Stoic Laureate"
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" Originally published in Kestral in 1993.

"Work That Builds a Sense of Home"
The Christian Science Monitor, November 6, 1991

"Donald Hall"
"The Art of Poetry No. 43," The Paris Review, Issue 120, Fall 1991.

Audio Recordings

Radio and Television Programs

Donald Hall (26:29)
Words on a Wire, November 15, 2015

At 86, Poet Donald Hall Writes On, But Leaves Verse Behind (05:42)
All Things Considered, NPR, October 6, 2014

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

U.S. Poetry's New Chief: Donald Hall (08:54)
All Things Considered, NPR, June 14, 2006

New 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

Poet Donald Hall (21:16)
New Hampshire Public Radio, April 3, 2006

Donald Hall Reflects on His Life of Poetry (07:14)
Minnesota Public Radio, January 21, 2005

Donald Hall's Baseball Poetry (03:08)
Day to Day, NPR, October 28, 2004

Poet Donald Hall (31:45)
Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR, April 10, 2002

Donald Hall on his marriage to Jane Kenyon (11:31)
All Things Considered, NPR, April 19, 1998

Other Audio

Audio 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)

"Poet Laureate Donald Hall Reflects on Age and Nature" (09:48)
Online NewsHour, October 16, 2006

UNH Authors’ Series: Donald Hall (28:34)
NH Outlook, July 29, 2005

ResearchChannel (30:00)
University of Virginia, November 11, 2003

Web of Stories
Video series featuring Donald Hall discussing his life and work.

Youtube Videos
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" Originally from Harper's magazine, 1989

"Poetry and Ambition" Originally appeared in the Kenyon Review, n.s., 5, no. 4 (1983)

Educational Resources

Drafts of Donald Hall's Ox Cart Man
University of New Hampshire Library

Book Reviews

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


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)


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

Google News search on Donald Hall

Blog entries on Donald Hall, via Google Blogs


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