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Robert Hass: Online Resources

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist

Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate, 1995-1997
Robert Hass
U.S. Poet Laureate, 1995-97

On May 8, 1995, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Robert Hass as the 8th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On making his appointment, Dr. Billington said, "I am pleased to announce the selection of a first-rate poet from the American West, and a gifted poetic translator, as poet laureate for 1995-96. His poetry explores our connectedness with the natural world and its reverberations in the emotions of our usual lives. Using both art and nature as starting points, he leads us into the depths of everyday existence. He looks to Central Europe in his close collaboration with Czeslaw Milosz and to Japan in his translations of classical haiku."

Hass served two terms as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 1997. This guide compiles links to resources on Robert Hass throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on his life or selections of his work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.

[LISTEN: Robert Hass reading his poems and his translations of poems in the Montpelier Room, Library of Congress, Oct. 12, 1995]


Library of Congress Web Site
   •Press Releases, Articles
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Poetry Programs
   •Teaching Aids
   •Book Reviews
   •Robert Hass in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

Press Releases, Articles

Official press release announcing Robert Hass's appointment as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Related article from the Library of Congress Information Bulletin

Official Press release announcing Robert Hass's appointment to a second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Related article from the Library of Congress Information Bulletin


Poet and the Poem Series (Direct link; 55:42)

Print Resources

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

Hass, Robert

Works about Robert Hass can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under the following subject heading:

Hass, Robert--Criticism and Interpretation.
Hass, Robert--Interviews.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets
Biography of Robert Hass, samples of his poetry and prose, and links to external resources.

Poetry Foundation
Biography of Robert Hass, bibliography of his writings, links to articles about his writing, and links to more than 15 online poems.

Steven Barclay Agency
Biography of Robert Hass.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"Bibliophiles - Robert Hass"
The Boston Globe, April 18, 2015

"The Bard of Berkeley"
The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2009

"What comes after a Pulitzer? More Work and Maybe a New Stove."
San Francisco Chronicle, April 11, 2008

"The Consequences: An interview with Robert Hass"
Guernica, January, 2008

"Poet's Landscape of the Personal and the Public"
Los Angeles Times, November 25, 2007

"Robert Hass: Eight Years of Activism, Writing, and Reflection"
Berkleyan, November 8, 2007

"From Poetry Front Man to Award Winner"
Interviewed by John Freeman, Poetry Foundation, 2007

2007 National Book Award Interview
Interviewed by Craig Morgan Teicher, 2007

"For Better or Verse: For Robert Hass, Poetry is Part of the Eco-arsenal"
Interviewed by Clair Cain Miller, Grist, October 13, 2005

"Common Language: Robert Hass in Conversation"
Academy of American Poets; article originally appeared in American Poet, Spring 1996

"Robert Hass"
Interviewed by Sarah Pollock, Mother Jones, March/April 1997

Hass on Prose Poems, Political Poetry, and "Rusia en 1931"
Excerpts from "An Informal Occasion with Robert Hass," Iowa Review 21:3 (1991), 126-45

Poets Q&A: Robert Hass
Smartish Place

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

A Poet's Vision for the Environment, Young Artists (53:55)
Minnesota Public Radio, June 13, 2008

Robert Hass: Time and Materials (11:05)
The Front Row, Houston Public Radio, April 21, 2008

Poet Robert Hass
KQED, April 11, 2008

Robert Hass (27:00)
Sierra Club Radio, April 5, 2008

Robert Hass (28:30)
Bookworm, KCRW, February 21, 2008

In the Winter Cold, Warmth and Light on the Page (starts at 02:56)
All Things Considered, NPR, December 7, 2007

Hear the National Book Award Winners
NPR, November 20, 2007

Requiem for a Poet: Czeslaw Milosz (04:51)
All Things Considered, NPR, August 14, 2004

Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass (08:09)
Fresh Air, NPR, September 21, 2001

Robert Hass Discusses Sylvia Plath (starts at 04:40)
Online NewsHour, PBS, February 18, 1998

Bob Edwards Talks to U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass (07:05)
Morning Edition, NPR, April 18, 1996

Other Audio

An Evening with Poet Robert Hass (54:10)
Los Angeles Public Library podcast, December 3, 2007

Lannan Readings & Conversations
W. S. Merwin with Robert Hass, October 26, 2005

Poem Present (59:31)
Poem Present series, University of Chicago, November 13, 2004

Hey. Free Blackberries. Robert Hass's "Meditation at Lagunitas." (direct link; 20:26)
Episode #16 of Hard to Say, miPOradio. William Stobb discusses Hass's poem.

Video (includes television programs, readings, and discussions)

Robert Hass Discusses His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poetry (6:46)
Online NewsHour, PBS, April 30, 2008

Robert Hass Accepts the 2007 National Book Award, Poetry (10:00)
National Book Foundation, via YouTube, November 14, 2007

The Gift Economy of Poetry (02:55)
2007 Poets Forum, Academy of American Poets, October 20, 2007

River of Words (starts at 34:20)
Insight, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, October 25, 2006

Master Poet (53:50)
Minnesota Public Radio, February 15, 2006

Lunch Poems: Robert Hass (47:40)
Lunch Poems series, UC Berkeley, December 4, 2003

UC Davis Mutimedia Archive (Direct link; audio begins at 04:12)
Panel with Robert Hass and John McPhee on writing about the natural world, November 12, 2003

Berkeley Writers at Work: Robert Hass (1:41:17)
Berkeley Writers at Work series, UC Berkeley, October 30, 2002

Robert Hass Reads Selected Haiku by Issa (01:53)
Poetry Everywhere

Poetry Programs

Lunch Poems

A noontime poetry reading series initiated in 1995 and directed by Robert Hass as UC Berkeley.

River of Words
Co-founded by Robert Hass in 1996, River of Words is an annual environmental art and poetry contest for young people in grades K-12. The contest is designed to promote literacy, the arts, and environmental awareness. Webcasts of award ceremonies available online are listed below:

2007 Ceremony (1:51:42)
2006 Ceremony (1:53:00)
2002 Ceremony (53:50)

Related articles on River of Words in the Library of Congress Information Bulletin include:

"A Decade of ‘River of Words'"
"'River of Words' Promotes Literacy, Environment"
2003 Ceremony Recap
2000 Ceremony Recap
1996 Ceremony Recap

Teaching Aids

Modern American Poetry
A collection on biographical and critical information related to Robert Hass


The Apple Trees at Olema (2010)

The Christian Science Monitor

The Harvard Crimson

The New Republic

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

San Francisco Chronicle

Time and Materials (2007)

Boston Review

coldfront magazine

Contemporary Poetry Review

Cordite Poetry Review

The New Yorker

San Francisco Chronicle

The Seattle Times


Sun Under Wood (1997)

The Atlantic Monthly

Robert Hass in the News

Google News search on Robert Hass

Blog entries on Robert Hass, via Technorati

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