Charles Simic, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide
American poet Charles Simic served as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2007-2008 at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Simic’s life and work.
Maura Byrne, Intern, Poetry and Literature Center
Anne Holmes, Digital Content Manager, Poetry and Literature Center
Peter Armenti, Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Created: June 5, 2020
Last Updated: June 5, 2020
On August 2, 2007, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Charles Simic to be the 15th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On making the appointment, Billington said,
"The range of Charles Simic’s imagination is evident in his stunning and unusual imagery. He handles language with the skill of a master craftsman, yet his poems are easily accessible, often meditative and surprising. He has given us a rich body of highly organized poetry with shades of darkness and flashes of ironic humor."