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U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz


“Greek Cap.” 2016. 30 x 40 inches. Mixed-media on canvas. Raymond Elman.



STANLEY KUNITZ (1905-2006) became the tenth Poet Laureate of the United States in the autumn of 2000. Kunitz was ninety-five years old at the time, still actively publishing and promoting poetry to new generations of readers. In the New York Times Book Review, Robert Campbell noted that Kunitz’s selection as poet laureate — the highest literary honor in America — “affirms his stature as perhaps the most distinguished living American poet.” Atlantic Monthly contributor David Barber likewise cited Kunitz as “not only one of the most widely admired figures in contemporary poetry but also, rarer still, a true ambassador for his art.” Barber felt that Kunitz, having “continued to write poems of a startling richness at an advanced age . . . has arguably saved his best for last. . . .”

–Poetry Foundation


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Introduction to Marie Howe. 1:06 min. Interview: Raymond Elman. Recorded: 11/17/2017, The Betsy hotel, Miami Beach.



You first encountered Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stanley Kunitz at Columbia University. Talk about your relationship with him.



Did you find out about the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts because Stanley Kunitz was one of the founders?