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Biography Elizabeth Bishop

U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1949-1950

Elizabeth Bishop, U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1949-1950. Photo credit: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

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

Selected Works at the Library of Congress