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Mark Strand: Online Resources

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Mark Strand, U.S. Poet Laureate, 1990-1991
Mark Strand,
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.]

Resources

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

Library of Congress Web Site

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Press Releases

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

Video

Poetry of Mark Strand and Charles Wright, April 24, 2008 (1:00:13)

Print Resources

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.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets
Biography of Mark Strand, samples of his poetry and translations, and links to external resources.

Poetry Foundation
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"
Interviewed by Ernie Hilbert, Random House, 2001

"Mark Strand, The Art of Poetry No. 77"
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)

"Mark Strand"
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

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

"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

Other Audio

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

Mark Strand
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

eNotes.com
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 "

Book Reviews

Collected Poems (2014)

Publishers Weekly

New Selected Poems (2007)

The New Yorker

The Oxonian Review of Books

The Quaterly Conversation

Man and Camel (2006)

coldfront magazine

Northern Poetry Review

Poetry

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

Google News search on Mark Strand

Blog entries on Mark Strand, via Technorati

Notes

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).

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