Chris Forhan


Charles Simic, who served as 2007-2008 United States Poet Laureate, is one of the nation's most honored and distinguished poets. Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1954. Over the last few decades, he has published dozens of books of poetry and prose, including Selected Poems: 1963-1983, The Voice at 3:00 AM: Selected Late and New Poems, The World Doesn't End, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and, in the past year, his most recent volume o poetry, That Little Something, a collection of notebook entries, The Monster Loves His Labyrinth. Simic has been prolific not just as a poet but as an editor, translator, and reviewer, and he has received numerous awards, including Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and MacArthur fellowships, and, in 2007, the Wallace Stevens Award. He lives in Strafford, New Hampshire, and is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. This conversation with Butler Assistant Professor of English Chris Forhan took place before a group of Butler students in April 2009 and was continued through email correspondence.