Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist
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
, which was a Averno 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.
[WATCH: Louise Glück reads her poetry , January 29, 1988.]
Library of Congress Web Site
• Biographical Information
• Press Releases, Articles
• Audio and Video
• Print Resources
• Biographical Information, Poetry
• Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
• Audio Recordings
• Book Reviews
• Louise Glück in the News
of Louise Glück from the Poetry & Literature
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)
Works by Louise Glück in the Library of Congress
catalog can be found under the following author heading:
Glück, Louise, 1943-
Works about Louise Glück can be found in the Library of
online catalog under
the following subject headings:
Glück, Louise, 1943- Criticism and interpretation.
Glück, Louise, 1943- Interviews.
Glück, Louise, 1943- Translations into Russian.
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.
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
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 search results for Louise Glück
Modern American Poetry
Includes selected criticism on Glück's poetry and excerpts from her essays.
eNotes.comCritical information on Glück from Gale's
Poetry Criticism series.
Faithful and Virtuous Night (2014)
Contemporary Poetry Review
The New Yorker
Poems 1962-2012 (2013)
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 Kenyon Review
Los Angeles Times
The New Republic
Carcanet (includes the text of several reviews)
Front Porch Journal
Review by Stephen Burt
Vita Nova (1999)
Reviews from the Modern American Poetry Web site
The Virginia Quarterly Review
Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (1994)
The New Criterion
Louise Glück in the News
News search on Louise Glück
References to Louise Glück on Twitter