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Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide

American poet Robert Hass served as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 1995-1997 at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Hass’ life and work.


U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass. 1995-1997. Photo credit: Margaretta K. Mitchell.

On May 8, 1995, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Robert Hass as the 8th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On making his appointment, Dr. Billington said,

I am pleased to announce the selection of a first-rate poet from the American West, and a gifted poetic translator, as poet laureate for 1995-96. His poetry explores our connectedness with the natural world and its reverberations in the emotions of our usual lives. Using both art and nature as starting points, he leads us into the depths of everyday existence.

Hass served two terms as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 1997.

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

Contact Information for Robert Hass

If you would like to contact Robert Hass please direct your inquiries as suggested below:

  • Reading and Event Requests: Contact Steven Barclay Agency External, which represents Robert Hass, if you would like to schedule Hass for a reading or other event.
  • Permissions Requests: Contact the publisher of the poem or work written by Robert Hass that you'd like to use.
  • Reference Questions: Use the Library's Ask a Librarian service.