Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Charles Simic (WSC '67) Receives The Vilcek Prize in Literature


In addition to being the 15th poet laureate of the United States, a distinguished poet in residence at the NYU Creative Writing Program, and a WSC alumnus, Charles Simic was recently awarded The Vilcek Prize in Literature. The Vilcek Foundation honors and supports foreign-born scientists and artists who have made outstanding contributions to society in the United States.

Charles Simic has published more than sixty books in the U.S. and abroad, among them Jackstraws, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times; Walking the Black Cat, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; A Wedding in Hell, Hotel Insomnia, The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Selected Poems: 1963-1983 and Unending Blues. He has also published many translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry, and four books of essays including Orphan Factory. Elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000, his many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.

For more information on the 2011 Vilcek Prize recipients, please click here.

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