U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1949-1950
Elizabeth Bishop was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1911. She was the author of nine poetry collections, including Poems: North & South/A Cold Spring (1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; The Complete Poems (1969), winner of the National Book Award; and Geography III (1976), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She also published several books of prose, and edited and translated multiple volumes. Bishop was appointed the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1949-1950, and served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1966-1979. Among her many honors, Bishop received the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award from the Poetry Foundation, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill Foundations. She taught at Harvard University for seven years. Elizabeth Bishop died in 1979.
Audio Recordings with Elizabeth Bishop
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1969. Academy of American Poets thirty-fifth anniversary program Poets: Allen Tate, Elizabeth Bishop, John Hall Wheelock, Louise Bogan, Robert Lowell, Robert Fitzgerald
- As part of the Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Bishop and James Ingram Merrill reading their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, April 15, 1974
- Consultants’ reunion readings by thirteen Consultants in Poetry in the Coolidge Auditorium, March 6, 1978