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Biography Donald Hall

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2006-2007

Donald Hall, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2006-2007. Photo credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Donald Hall was born in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1928. He published more than 20 poetry collections, including Exiles and Marriages (1955), The Happy Man (1986), and The One Day (1988), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. He also wrote four biographies, three plays, more than 10 children’s books and short stories, and six memoirs. Hall edited more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies, including New Poets of England and America (with Robert Pack and Louis Simpson, 1957) and Contemporary American Poetry (1962; revised 1972).

For his poetry, Donald Hall received the Marshall/Nation Award in 1987 for The Happy Man; both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1988 for The One Day; the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement in 1994; two Guggenheim Fellowships; and the National Medal of Arts. Hall lived in Wilmot, New Hampshire, until his death in 2018.

Audio Recordings with Donald Hall

Selected Works at the Library of Congress