Charles Simic

Amy Bloom is the author of two novels and three collections of short stories.

Highlights
February 6, 2014
7.30 p.m.
Charles Simic: Reading, On-Stage Interview, and Signing

Event Details

  • February 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

    Charles Simic: Reading, On-Stage Interview, and Signing
  • February 6, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

    Master Class

Speaker Bio

Current as of April 21, 2017

Charles Simic was born on May 9, 1938, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where he had a traumatic childhood during World War II. In 1954 he emigrated from Yugoslavia with his mother and brother to join his father in the United States. They lived in and around Chicago until 1958.

His first full-length collection of poems, What the Grass Says, was published the following year. Since then he has published more than 60 books in the U.S. and abroad, 20 titles of his own poetry among them, including New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 (Harcourt, 2013); Master of Disguises (2010); That Little Something (2008); My Noiseless Entourage (2005); Selected Poems: 1963-2003 (Faber and Faber, 2004), for which he received the 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The Voice at 3:00 AM: Selected Late and New Poems (2003); Night Picnic (2001); Jackstraws (1999), which was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times; and The Book of Gods and Devils (1990). His other books of poetry include Walking the Black Cat (1996), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; A Wedding in Hell (1994); Hotel Insomnia (1992); The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems (1989), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990; Selected Poems: 1963-1983 (1990); and Unending Blues (1986).

Simic elected a chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000 and was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 2007.

He has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2011 Frost Medal, presented annually for "lifetime achievement in poetry." In 2007, he received the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. Simic is Emeritus Professor of the University of New Hampshire where he has taught since 1973.

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