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Mona Van Duyn
U.S. Poet Laureate, 1992-93
On June 15, 1992, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
appointed Mona Van Duyn (1921-2004) to be the 11th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. The first female poet laureate, Van Duyn served one term as poet laureate, finishing her duties in May 1993.
A Contemporary Literary Criticism essay notes that "Van Duyn's verse reflects intense emotions and thoughts beneath a placid surface of domestic life. In strictly metered poems that often recount such mundane events as trips to the zoo, hospital visits, and grocery shopping, Van Duyn reveals a constant struggle with time and relationships."1
This guide compiles
links to resources on Mona Van Duyn throughout the Library
of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites
that include features on Van Duyn's life or selections
of her work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.
LISTEN: Mona Van Duyn reading her poems in the Montpelier Room, Oct. 7, 1992. From the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.
Library of Congress Web Site
•Press Releases, Articles
•Biographical Information, Poetry
•Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
•Mona Van Duyn in the News
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Press Releases, Articles
Official press release announcing Mona Van Duyn's appointment
as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry (PDF, 216 KB)
"Final Stanza: Poet Laureate Gives Last Reading at LC"
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, June 28, 1993
Works by Mona Van Duyn in the Library of Congress online
catalog can be found under the following author heading:
Van Duyn, Mona
Works about Mona Van Duyn can be found in the Library of
Congress online catalog under
the following subject headings:
Van Duyn, Mona -- Criticism and interpretation.
Biographical Information, Poetry
Academy of American Poets
A biography of Mona Van Duyn, samples of her poetry,
and links to other resources
Mona Van Duyn Papers, Finding Aid
Includes a biography of Van Duyn
and a guide to her papers at the Washington University of St. Louis Libraries
A biography of Mona Van Duyn, and bibliography of her publications
University of Illinois Alumni Association
A biography of Mona Van Duyn
Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
"Leda in Red Sneakers: A Remembrance of Mona Van Duyn"
Beltway Poetry Quarterly 7, no. 4, Winter 2006
"Mona Van Duyn, Pulitzer Winner, Dies"
USA Today, December 3, 2004
Obituary of Mona Van Duyn
The Des Moines Register, December 2004
Van Duyn Reads Part II of "Endings"
Academy of American Poets
Critical information on Van Duyn from Gale's Poetry Criticism series.
Modern American Poetry
Includes selected criticism of Van Duyn's poetry, a biographical note, and an excerpt from an address to the Library of Congress.
Mona Van Duyn in the News
News search on Mona Van Duyn
Blog entries on Mona Van Duyn, via Technorati
1. Contemporary Literary Criticism, "Mona Van Duyn," Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Literature Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI.: Gale, 2008. http://www.gale.cengage.com/LitRC/ (accessed June 2, 2008).