Jean Valentine has published 11 books of poetry and is also the editor of “The Lighthouse Keeper: Essays on the Poetry of Eleanor Ross Taylor.” Last month, she won the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Robert Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. His books of poetry include “Time and Materials” (2007 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner); “Sun Under Wood: New Poems”; “Human Wishes”; “Praise”; and “Field Guide” (1973 Yale Younger Poets Series winner).
Most of Jim Harrison’s 32 books have been set in the sparsely populated areas he knows well: Northern Michigan, the Sandhills of Nebraska, the Arizona-Mexico border and in the beautiful “Paradise Valley” near Livingston, Mt., where he now lives much of the year. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Bob Hicok was born and raised in Michigan, worked in factories and once owned an automotive die design business there before becoming a professor at Virginia Tech. His poetry reflects on the economic hardships suffered in his home state. Continue reading
In the week that Americans cast their ballots and elected Sen. Barack Obama to the presidency, J.D. McClatchy, a professor, poet and critic, reads “Election Day,” a poem about voting. Continue reading
The NewsHour’s poetry series looks at iconic writer and poet Leonard Cohen who discusses the difference between writing a song and a poem, and explains why "Out of the thousands who are known or want to be known as poets, maybe one or two are genuine and the rest are fakes." Continue reading