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U.S. Poet Laureate, 1990-91
On May 26, 1990, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
announced the appointment of Mark Strand as the 4th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Strand served one term as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 1991. As Strand's Contemporary Authors biography notes:
[Strand is] one of the premier contemporary American poets as well as an accomplished editor, translator and prose writer. . . . [His] hallmarks are precise language, surreal imagery, and the recurring theme of absence and negation.1
This guide compiles
links to resources on Mark Strand 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.
[LISTEN: A poetry reading by Mark Strand, April 13, 1987. From the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.]
Library of Congress Web Site
•Biographical Information, Poetry
•Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
•Articles and Essays by Mark Strand
•Resources for Study and Teaching
•Mark Strand in the News
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Official press release announcing Mark Strand's appointment
as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry (PDF, 304 KB)
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, June 18, 1990
Poetry of Mark Strand and Charles Wright, April 24, 2008 (1:00:13)
Works by Mark Strand in the Library of Congress online
catalog can be found under the following author heading:
Strand, Mark, 1934-
Works about Mark Strand can be found in the Library of
Congress online catalog under
the following subject headings:
Strand, Mark, 1934-2014
Strand, Mark, 1934-2014--Criticism and interpretation.
Strand, Mark, 1934-2014--Interviews
Strand, Mark, 1934-2014--Musical Settings.
Biographical Information, Poetry
Academy of American Poets
Biography of Mark Strand, samples of his poetry and translations,
and links to external resources.
Biography of Mark Strand, bibliography of his writings, and links to more than twenty online poems.
Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
"Mark Strand: Living Gorgeously"
The New York Review of Books blog, January 24, 2015
"Mark Strand, A Revelatory Poet of Love and Death"
Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2014
"Mark Strand, 80, Dies; Pulitzer-Winning Poet Laureate"
The New York Times, November 29, 2014
"Keeping Things Whole: A Tribute To Mark Strand"
The Best American Poetry, October 13, 2014
"What is Missing"
Tablet Magazine, June 19, 2011
"Marking Mark Strand's Birthday"
One Poet's Notes, April 11, 2008
"Conversation: Mark Strand"
Interviewed by Michael O'Keefe, Post Road Magazine 13 (Spring/Summer 2007)
"Jennie Russell Interviews Mark Strand"
Interviewed by Jenni Russell, MiPOesias 19, no. 2 (2005)
"A Conversation with Mark Strand"
"Mark Strand, The Art of Poetry No. 77"
Interviewed by Ernie Hilbert, Random House, 2001
The Paris Review, no. 148 (Fall 1998)
"In the Presence of America: An Interview with Mark Strand"
Interviewed by Katharine Coles, Weber Studies 9, no. 3 (Fall 1992)
Interviewed by Grace Cavalieri, The Poet and the Poem (transcript), October 1990
"A Conversation (Interview with Mark Strand)"
Interviewed by Norman Klein, Ploughshares, Spring 1975
"Poet Mark Strand Touches on Loss, Also Humor" (09:54)
Here & Now, March 13, 2012
"Sleeping With One Eye Open"
Weekend America, April 5, 2008
"Poet Mark Strand" (40:15)
RadioWest, KUER, September 28, 2007
"Poet Mark Strand at the City Library" (55:29)
KCPW Radio, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 27, 2007
"Pulitzer Prize Winner Mark Strand"
KUOW, March 12, 2007
"What it Was" (04:16)
Chicago Public Radio (via reVerse Web site), April 12, 2005
"Mark Steinberg and Mark Strand" (06:59)
Houston Public Radio, KUHF, February 19, 2002
Mark Strand II (28:29)
Bookworm, KCRW, October 26, 2000
Mark Strand (27:48)
Bookworm, KCRW, September 14, 2000
"Bill Moyers on Poetry" (starts at 16:41)
The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, October 5, 1999
"The Pulitzer Poet" (07:59)
Online NewsHour, PBS, April 15, 1999
Mark Strand: 2010 Key West Literary Seminar (33:53)
Recording from the Key West Literary Seminar, January 2010
Mark Strand Podcast (1:13:39)
Lighthouse Writers Workshop Podcast, May 19, 2008
Mark Strand Reading
George Mason University, September 23, 2007
Poem Present, October 16 and 17, 2003
Lannan Readings & Conversations
Mark Strand with Michael Silverblatt, February 9, 2000
Mark Strand Reads "Somewhere Else"
Slate, September 18, 1996
"Discovering Mark Strand"
92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center, April 19, 1965
Videos (includes television programs, readings, and animated poetry)
A Reading by Mark Strand (1:00:06)
Boston University, October 10, 2007
Mark Strand reads at the Erotikon Symopsium
University of Chicago, March 2001
Articles and Essays by Mark Strand
"On Edward Hopper"
The New Yorker, June 25, 2015
"Poetry in the World"
Blackbird 4, no.1 (Spring 2005)
Excerpt from The Weather of Words: Poetic Invention
Random House, 2001
Mark Strand on Poetry and Poetics--from Essays and Interviews
From the Modern American Poetry Web site
Resources for Study and Teaching
Critical information on Strand from Thomson Gale's Poetry Criticism series.
Modern American Poetry
Excerpts of criticism about Strand's poetry, his writings about poetry, biographical information, and links to external resources.
Teachers' Domain: "Lines for Winter," by Mark Strand
Resources for teaching Mark Strand's poem "Lines for Winter "
Collected Poems (2014)
New Selected Poems (2007)
The New Yorker
The Oxonian Review of Books
The Quaterly Conversation
Man and Camel (2006)
Northern Poetry Review
Virginia Quarterly Review
The Weather of Words: Poetic Invention (2001)
Oyster Boy Review
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Blizzard of One (1998)
Oyster Boy Review
• A review of several of Strand's publications appears in the Valparaiso Poetry Review.
Mark Strand in the News
News search on Mark Strand
Blog entries on Mark Strand, via Technorati
1. Contemporary Authors Online, "Mark Strand," Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI.: Gale, 2008. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC (accessed May 29, 2008).