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Charles Simic

 
Charles Simic. US Poet Laureate (2007-2008) Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
“Charles Simic's writing comes dancing out on the balls of its feet, colloquially fit as a fiddle.” —Seamus Heaney
“There are few poets writing in America today who share his lavish appetite for the bizarre, his inexhaustible repertoire of indelible characters and gestures...Simic is perhaps our most disquieting muse.” — Harvard Review


 
Charles Simic, the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States (2007-2008), was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938, and immigrated to the United States in 1953 at the age of 15. He has lived in New York, Chicago, the San Francisco area, and for many years in New Hampshire where until his retirement he was a professor of English at the University of NEw Hampshire. A poet, essayist and translator, he has been honored with the Frost Medal, the Wallace Stevens Award, a Pulitzer Prize, two PEN Awards for his work as a translator, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Since 1967 Simic has published numerous collections of poems, among them, Master of Disguises (2010); That Little Something (2008); My Noiseless Entourage (2005); Selected Poems: 1963 2003 (2004), for which he received the 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The Voice at 3:00 AM: Selected Late and New Poems (2003); The World Doesn’t End: Prose Poems (1990), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Selected Poems: 1963-1983 (1990); Classic Ballroom Dances (1980), which won the University of Chicago’s Harriet Monroe Award and the Poetry Society of America’s di Castagnola Award. A collection entitled Sixty Poems was released in honor of his appointment as US Poet Laureate.