Robert Pinsky has published nineteen volumes of poetry and prose, including a translation of Dante's Inferno, He served as U. S. Poet Laureate from 1997-2000, has won countless awards, and has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He's taught on both coasts and in Chicago, and was called "the last of the 'civic' or public poets" by the Poetry Foundation. His work has the meticulous, meditative beauty of a Japanese garden and the deliberate wit of an American East-coast native. As Poet Laureate, Pinsky started the Favorite Poem Project, a public-outreach effort that convinced 18,000 Americans to share their favorite poem during a one-year open call for submissions in the late 1990s. That project now sponsors an annual week-long summer institute for teachers, with a focus on poetry as an out-loud art form. He believes this continuing effort to keep poetry in the American consciousness is far more important than the title he held as Poet Laureate.
"Interview with Robert Pinsky,"
Booth: Vol. 5
, Article 1.
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