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Louise Glück, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide

American poet Louise Glück served as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2003-2004 at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Glück’s life and work.


U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Glück. 2003-2004. Photo credit: Sigrid Estrada.

On August 28, 2003, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Louise Glück to be the 12th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On making the appointment, the Librarian said:

Louise Glück will bring to the Library of Congress a strong, vivid, deep poetic voice, accomplished in a series of book-length poetic cycles. Her prize-winning poetry and her great interest in young poets will enliven the Poet Laureate's office during the next year.

Glück served one term as poet laureate, finishing her duties on May 4, 2004. During her tenure, Glück wrote (in February 2004) the majority of the poems in her book Averno, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for Poetry.

This guide provides an overview of print and online resources related to Louise Glück's life and work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Researcher and Reference Services Division.

Contact Information

Please direct your inquiries as suggested below:

  • Permissions Requests: Contact the publisher of the poem or work written by Glück that you'd like to use.
  • Reference Questions: Use the Library's Ask a Librarian service.