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Louise Glück: Online Resources

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist

Louise Glück, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2003-2004
Louise Glück,
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2003-04

On August 28, 2003, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Louise Glück to be the 12th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On making the appointment, the Librarian said:

Louise Glück will bring to the Library of Congress a strong, vivid, deep poetic voice, accomplished in a series of book-length poetic cycles. Her prize-winning poetry and her great interest in young poets will enliven the Poet Laureate's office during the next year.

Glück served one term as poet laureate, finishing her duties on May 4, 2004. During her tenure, Glück wrote (in February 2004) the majority of the poems in her book Averno, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for Poetry.

In addition to writing most of the poems in Averno while Poet Laureate, during her term Glück also named Dana Levin and Spencer Reece Witter Bynner Fellows, and brought the work of three other poets—Peg Boyers, Dan Chiasson and Peter Streckfus—to the Library's audiences. These five poets participated in a symposium presided over by Glück in which they read from their work and discussed the writing of poetry.

This guide compiles links to resources on Louise Glück throughout the Library of Congress website, as well as links to external websites that include features on Glück’s life or selections of her work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.

Louise Glück reads her poetry, January 29, 1988.]


Library of Congress Web Site
   •Biographical Information
   •Press Releases, Articles
   •Audio and Video
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Book Reviews
   •Louise Glück in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

Biographical Information

Biography of Louise Glück from the Poetry & Literature Center

Press Releases, Articles

Official press release announcing Louise Glück's appointment as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
August 28, 2003

"New Poet Laureate: Librarian Names Louise Glück 12th Honoree"
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, October 2003

"At Twilight in May Glück Closes the Literary Season with Poetry Reading"
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, July 2004

Audio and Video


Audio Interview With Louise Glück, 2000 (03:28)

Poet and the Poem, 1999 (55:29; scroll down page to access video)


Poet Laureate Louise Glück Reading Her poems in the Montpelier Room, Library of Congress, May 4, 2004 (49:58)

Louise Glück and Daniel Halpern Reading Their Poems, November, 1990 (1:06:41)


Poetry in America: A Library of Congress Bicentennial Celebration, April 3, 2000 (Direct link; Glück reads from 36:18-40:09)

Poet Vision: Louise Glück Reads Her Poetry (January 29, 1988)

Print Resources

Works by Louise Glück in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author heading:

Glück, Louise, 1943-

Works about Louise Glück can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under the following subject headings:

Glück, Louise, 1943- Criticism and interpretation.
Glück, Louise, 1943- Interviews.
Glück, Louise, 1943- Translations into Russian.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets
A biography of Louise Glück, samples of her poetry and prose, and links to external resources.
A biography of Louise Glück.

Poetry Foundation
A biography of Louise Glück, and links to 40 online poems, including 21 poems that have appeared in Poetry magazine.

Steven Barclay Agency
A biography of Louise Glück.

Yale Faculty Page
Louise Glück's faculty page from Yale University. Includes a link to her curriculum vitae.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"Louise Glück awarded Gold Medal for Poetry"
YaleNews, May 29, 2015

"Internal Tapestries: A Q&A With Louise Glück"
Poets & Writers, September/October 2014

Interviewed by Claire Luchetted, Poetry Foundation, September 10, 2014.

"Sitting Down with Louise Glück"
The Yale Herald, November 8, 2013

"Writing Without a Mattress: On Louise Glück"
The Nation, November 20, 2012

"Into the Wilde: Louise Glück and an Invitation-only Salon"
Poetry Foundation, August 7, 2012

"Glück Fuses Poetry, Teaching, Style"
Yale Daily News, April 13, 2010

"For a Dollar: Louise Glück in Conversation"
Interviewed by Dana Levin. Academy of American Poets Web site. (Article originally appeared in American Poet 36, 2009)

"On Louise Glück and the Yale Series of Younger Poets"
Kenyon Review, Fall 2008

"Time On Her Side"
By Joshua Clover, The Village Voice, September 9, 2003

Audio Recordings

Louise Glück with Peter Streckfus
Lannan Foundation, May 11, 2016

Louise Glück with James Longenbach
Lannan Foundation, February 16, 2005

From Slate Magazine
•Louise Glück reads "At the Dance"
•Louise Glück reads "Crater Lake"
•Louise Glück reads "Echoes"
•Louise Glück reads "In the Cafe"
•Louise Glück reads "A Myth of Innocence"
•Louise Glück reads "The Open Grave"
•Louise Glück reads "Orfeo"


Academy of Achivement
October 27, 2012

"Poet Laureate Louise Glück Reads from A Village Life" (02:21)
The Griffin Trust, 2010

"Danger and Difficulty in Poetry" (02:21)
From the Academy of American Poets' Poets Forum, November 8, 2008

"Louise Gluck on Being a Poet" (01:51)
From The Poet's View: Intimate Profiles of Five Major American Poets. The Academy of American Poets.

YouTube Videos
YouTube search results for Louise Glück


Modern American Poetry
Includes selected criticism on Glück's poetry and excerpts from her essays.
Critical information on Glück from Gale's Poetry Criticism series.

Book Reviews

Faithful and Virtuous Night (2014)

Contemporary Poetry Review


The New Yorker

Poems 1962-2012 (2013)

New Republic

The New York Times 1

The New York Times 2

The Washinton Post

A Village Life (2009)

The Christian Science Monitor

Cleveland Plain Dealer


The Guardian

The Kenyon Review

Los Angeles Times

The New Republic

Averno (2006)

Carcanet (includes the text of several reviews)


Front Porch Journal

The Phoenix

Poetry Matters

Review by Stephen Burt

Stride Magazine

Vita Nova (1999)

Pif Magazine

Meadowlands (1996)

Boston Review

Reviews from the Modern American Poetry Web site

The Virginia Quarterly Review

Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (1994)

Publishers Weekly

Firstborn (1968)

The New Criterion

Louise Glück in the News

Google News search on Louise Glück

References to Louise Glück on Twitter


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