U.S. Poet Laureate, 1964-1965
Reed Whittemore was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He published 11 books of poetry, including Heroes & Heroines (1946), The Self-Made Man (1959), Poems, New and Selected (1967), and The Season of Waiting: Selected Poems: 1946-2006 (2007), as well as a biography of William Carlos Williams. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Whittemore taught at Carleton College in Minnesota. He was the founding editor of Furioso, later known as Carleton Miscellany. A professor of English at the University of Maryland from 1967-84, Whittemore died in College Park, Maryland, in 2012.
Audio Recordings with Reed Whittemore
- William Carlos Williams, “the happy genius of the household”: a centennial lecture by Reed Whittemore in the Coolidge Auditorium, Nov. 1, 1983
- Howard Nemerov memorial reading: Gwendolyn Brooks, Maxine Kumin, Alexander Nemerov, Reed Whittemore, in the Mumford Room, Oct. 29, 1991
- Surly verses for the holidays, from D.H. Lawrence to E.E. Cummings and far beyond: readings in the Mumford Room, December 7, 1989
- Poets and anthologists: a look at the current poet-packaging process, with historical asides: a lecture by Reed Whittemore in the Coolidge Auditorium, May 6, 1985