Poet Gerald Stern to receive the Poetry Society of America’s prestigious Frost Medal

BY artsdesk  April 9, 2014 at 2:39 PM EDT


Watch Jeffrey Browns conversation with Stern:

On Wednesday night the Poetry Society of America will honor poet Gerald Stern with the Frost Medal, the organization’s highest award, given for lifetime achievement. The medal has previously been awarded to poets such as Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore and Allen Ginsberg.

In January 2013, chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown spoke to Stern about his book “In Beauty Bright.” The 87-year-old writer had recently been awarded the prestigious Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress for his collection “Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992.” That prize is given to the most distinguished book of verse published in the previous two years.

You can also watch Stern read his poem “The One Thing in Life:”

The award ceremony will take place at the National Arts Club in New York.