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Howard Nemerov: Online Resources

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Howard Nemerov, Consultant in Poetry, 1963-1964; U.S. Poet Laureate, 1988-1990
Howard Nemerov
Consultant in Poetry, 1963-64
U.S. Poet Laureate, 1988-90

Howard Nemerov was the second poet to serve as both Consultant in Poetry and Poet Laureate. On February 20, 1963, Librarian of Congress L. Quincy Mumford named Howard Nemerov the 14th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Nemerov served one term as Consultant, ending his duties in spring 1964. On May 16, 1988, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington appointed Nemerov the 3rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. In making the announcement, Dr. Billington said, "Howard Nemerov has given America a remarkable range of poetry from the profound to the poignant to the comic. He is also an outstanding critic, essayist, fiction writer, and teacher.'' Nemerov served two terms as poet laureate, giving his final reading at the Library on May 3, 1990.

This guide compiles links to resources on Howard Nemerov 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.

Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Howard Nemerov reading his poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Oct. 3, 1988. From the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.


Library of Congress Web Site
   •Press Releases, Articles
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Articles and Essays by Howard Nemerov
   •Resources for Study and Teaching
   •Book Reviews
   •Howard Nemerov in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

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Press Releases, Articles

"Howard Nemerov to Serve as LC's Poetry Consultant in 1963-64" (PDF, 448 KB)
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, February 25, 1963

"Howard Nemerov is Appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry" (PDF, 814 KB)
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, May 30, 1988

"Galbraith Remembers: Howard Nemerov and His Young Listeners" (PDF, 980 KB)
The Gazette
, Library of Congress, July 19, 1991


"A Primer of the Daily Round"
From Poetry 180

Print Resources

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

Nemerov, Howard
Nemerov, Howard. [from old catalog]

Works about Howard Nemerov can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under the following subject headings:

Nemerov, Howard.
Nemerov, Howard--Bibliography
Nemerov, Howard--Criticism and interpretation.
Nemerov, Howard--Interviews.
Nemerov, Howard--Musical Settings.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets
Biography of Howard Nemerov, samples of his poetry, and links to external resources.

Harvard Square Library
Biography of Howard Nemerov and the full-text of three poems.

Poetry Foundation
Biography of Howard Nemerov and links to more than fifteen online poems.

Washington University Libraries in St. Louis
Biography of Howard Nemerov and a finding aid to his papers at Washington University.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"Howard Nemerov"
Interviewed by Grace Cavalieri, The Poet and the Poem (transcript), February 7,1990

"Howard Nemerov, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Recipient, Dies at 71"
The New York Times, July 7, 1991

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

Poet and Editor Harvey Shapiro Introduces and Reads Nemerov's "The War in the Air" (relevant clip ends 03:47)
Fresh Air from WHYY, NPR, April 3, 2003

Other Audio

Garrison Keillor Reads Nemerov's Poems (audio available from programs from 2001-present)
The Writer's Almanac

Nemerov Reads "Long Distance"
Academy of American Poets


Reading of "The Makers" by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Favorite Poem Project

Articles and Essays by Howard Nemerov

Excerpts from Nemerov's Essay "The Difficulty of Difficult Poetry"
From the Poetry Foundation Web site

Resources for Study and Teaching
Critical information on Nemerov from Thomson Gale's Poetry Criticism series.

Perspectives in American Literature
A selected bibliography of works by and about Nemerov.

Book Reviews

The Selected Poems of Howard Nemerov (2003)

The New York Times Book Review (July 13, 2003)

Howard Nemerov in the News

Google News search on poet Howard Nemerov

Blog entries on Howard Nemerov, via Technorati


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