Charles Wright named Poet Laureate

by Shaun Manning on June 12, 2014

Charles Wright, author of nearly two dozen books of poetry as well as two volumes in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series, has been named America’s Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress, as reported by the New York Times. Wright’s books of criticism with the Press include Quarter Notes: Improvisation and Interviews and Halflife: Improvisations and Interviews, 1977-87.

“I’m very honored and flattered to be picked, but also somewhat confused,” Wright told the Times. “I really don’t know what I’m supposed to do. But as soon as I find out, I’ll do it.”

Two years ago, the Poet Laureate post was held by another Poets on Poetry author, Philip Levine.

Congratulations to Charles Wright on this prestigious honor!

 

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