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Stanley Kunitz: Online Resources

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist

Stanley Kunitz, Consultant in Poetry, 1974-1976; U.S. Poet Laureate, 2000-2001
Stanley Kunitz
Consultant in Poetry,
U.S. Poet Laureate,

On April 23, 1974, Librarian of Congress L. Quincy Mumford appointed Stanley Kunitz the 22nd Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Kunitz served two terms as consultant, concluding his tenure in spring 1976. 24 years later, on July 31, 2000, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington appointed Kunitz to be the 10th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, making Kunitz the third poet to serve as both consultant in poetry and poet laureate. Kunitz served one term as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 2001. This guide compiles links to resources on Stanley Kunitz throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on his life or selections of his work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.

Library of Congress Web Site
   •Press Releases, Articles
   •Audio and Video
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Teaching Aids
   •Book Reviews
   •Stanley Kunitz in the News

Stanley Kunitz reading his prose and poetry in the Coolidge Auditorium, Oct. 7, 1974. From the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.

Library of Congress Web Site


Biography of Stanley Kunitz from the Poetry & Literature Center

Obituary in the Library of Congress Information Bulletin

Press Releases, Articles

"Poetry Consultant Reappointed" (PDF, 397 KB)
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, May 30, 1975

Official press release announcing Stanley Kunitz's appointment as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Related article from the Library of Congress Information Bulletin

Audio and Video

Poet and the Poem Audio Webcast, October 20, 2000 (56:05)


Poet Vision Video Series, February 26, 1988 (3 parts, 70 min.)

Print Resources

Works by Stanley Kunitz in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author heading:

Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006

Works about Stanley Kunitz can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under the following subject heading:

Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006--Appreciation.
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006--Bibliography.
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006--Correspondence.
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006--Criticism and Interpretation.
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006--Interviews.
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006--Musical Settings.
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006--Poetry.
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905--2006. River road. Illustrations.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets
A biography of Stanley Kunitz, samples of his poetry and prose, and links to external resources.

Poetry Foundation
A biography of Stanley Kunitz, bibliography of his writings, links to online poems, and links to a number of poets' written remembrances of Kunitz.

Stanley Kunitz Papers
A finding aid, along with biographical information, from Princeton University.

Obituaries of Stanley Kunitz
Google search results for "stanley kunitz" obituary.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"From the Archives: Stanley Kunitz on Poetry in a Time of Crisis"
Poets House, November 8, 2018

"One Hundred Years of Plenitude: For Stanley Kunitz, Poetry is Part of the Rhythm of Life"
The Boston Globe, July 28, 2005

"The Gardener: For Most of a Century, Stanley Kunitz has Cultivated Generations of Poems--and Poets"
The New Yorker, September 1, 2003

Interview with Stanley Kunitz
Interviewed by Mark Katzman, American Museum of Natural History, February 28, 2003

Openhearted: Stanley Kunitz and Mark Wunderlich in Conversation
Academy of American Poets, 1997

A Visionary Poet at Ninety
The Atlantic Monthly, June 1996

Interview with Stanley Kunitz
Interviewed by Avis Berman, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, December 8, 1983 and March 22, 1984

Stanley Kunitz: The Art of Poetry
The Paris Review, No. 29, Spring 1982

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

Poetry Circle of the Air: Stanley Kunitz (52:33)
Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Wisconsin Public Radio, June 18, 2006

Stanley Kunitz (04:08)
The Cape and the Islands Radio Stations, NPR, May 21, 2006

Heaven for Stanley (03:17)
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, May 16, 2006

America Loses a Treasure: Stanley Kunitz (05:41)
All Things Considered, NPR, May 15, 2006

Poet Stanley Kunitz at 100 (03:57)
All Things Considered, NPR, July 29, 2005

Poetry Fest (07:22)
All Things Considered, NPR, March 30, 2001

Stanley Kunitz Named Poet Laureate (03:41)
Morning Edition, NPR, July 31, 2000

Stanley Kunitz Discusses whether or not "Pop" is Art Worthy of Display (Direct link; starts at 42:22)
Museum of Modern Art, December 30, 1962

Other Audio

Academy of American Poets
Stanley Kunitz reads "The Portrait"

Remembering Stanley Kunitz (04:15)
Poetry Foundation podcast, May 16, 2006

Lannan Readings & Conversations
Stanley Kunitz with Michael Silverblatt, August 4, 2001


Stanley Kunitz Reads "The Layers"
Video by Frank Sisco, February 20, 2006

U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz speaks with Elizabeth Farnsworth
Online NewsHour, October 26, 2000

Favorite Poem Project
Reading of Kunitz's "Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation"
Kunitz reads Gerard Manley Hopkins' "God's Grandeur"

Fooling With Words
Kunitz reads "Halley's Comet"

Stanley Kunitz on The Charlie Rose Show (starts at 30:20)
The Charlie Rose Show, November 21, 2000

Stanley Kunitz Reads "Touch Me" (02:46)
Poetry Everywhere

Trailer for the documentary "Stanley's House" (08:04)

US Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz Speaks at 9/11 Memorial (03:05)

Teaching Aids
Critical information on Kunitz from Thomson Gale's Poetry Criticism series

Modern American Poetry
Includes an excerpt from a critical article by David Yezzi on "The Wellfleet Whale" and "The Snakes of September"

Book Reviews

The Wild Braid (2007)

Wild River Review

The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz (2000)

Boston Review

Michigan Quarterly Review

Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (1997)

The Blue Moon Review


Remarks at the opening session of the Third Annual New York/New Jersey Poetry Teachers Conference, held at Poets House, November 2, 1989

Photo gallery from Poets House

Stanley Kunitz in the News

Google News search on Stanley Kunitz

Blog entries on Stanley Kunitz, via Technorati


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