TITLE: Interview with Stanley Kunitz
SPEAKER: Stanley Kunitz
EVENT DATE: 2000/10/20
RUNNING TIME: 56 minutes
Grace Cavalieri interviews Stanley Kunitz for the Library's Poet and the Poem Series.
Speaker Biography: The late Stanley Kunitz was born in Worchester, Mass., in 1905 and educated at Harvard University. He was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1974-76 before the title was changed to Poet Laureate in 1985. He was next appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 2000-2001. His honors include the National Medal of the Arts, presented by President Clinton in 1993, and the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. As editor of the Yale Series of Younger Poets (1969-1977), he encouraged young writers in their careers. A founder of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and Poets House in New York City, he also taught for many years in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. His honors include the Bollingen Prize, Harvard's Centennial Medal, The Levinson Prize, The Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, The Shelley Memorial Award, a senior fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He was designated State Poet of New York and a Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of American Poets. Kunitz authored 11 books, including his last one, "The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden."
SERIES: Poet and the Poem