CCT: 2007-2011 State Poet Laureate John Hollander

John Hollander
State Poet Laureate, 2007-2011

About John Hollander {Photo of John Hollander}
John Hollander is an inspiring presence in American literary life and one of the nationís most distinguished poets.  Since receiving the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1958 for his first collection of poems, A Crackling of Thorns, Mr. Hollander has produced an unparalleled body of work that is widely acclaimed for its brilliance, virtuosity and originality. This includes twenty-two books of poetry, several works of criticism, and numerous anthologies, as well as books for children and operatic and lyric works with composers such as Milton Babbitt and Elliott Carter.

Beyond his impressive history of publication, Mr. Hollander is a renowned educator, having taught at Yale University for decades until his retirement in 2003. His collection, Rhymeís Reason, is the definitive handbook for teaching poetry and has influenced generations of students. A dazzling and inspiring lecturer, he has spoken to audiences of every sort and devoted countless hours to promoting an appreciation of poetry among the larger public. He has also written extensively about the relations between poetry and visual art, and  poetry and music.

Hollanderís many honors and awards include the Bollingen Prize, the Levinson Prize and the MLA Shaughnessy Medal, as well as fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  A former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he received the 1997 Connecticut Governorís Arts Award.

Installation as Poet Laureate Ė March 7, 2007, Yale University Art Gallery
John Hollanderís poems
Bibliography of John Hollanderís work