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U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1966-1968

James Dickey, U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1966-1968. Photo credit: Courtesy of Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University

James Dickey was born in Buckhead, Georgia, in 1923. He was the author of more than 25 poetry collections, including Into the Stone and Other Poems (1960); Helmets (1964); and Buckdancer’s Choice (1965), which won a National Book Award and a Melville Cane Award from the Poetry Society of America. He also published three novels and two volumes of essays and criticism. Dickey was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1966, a post that he held for two years. Among his honors were a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Order of the South Award. He held several teaching positions at Rice University and the University of Florida, and served as poet-in-residence and professor of English at the University of South Carolina. James Dickey died in 1997.

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