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.
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: July 9, 2020
Last Updated: October 16, 2023
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.