Stanley Kunitz, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide
American poet Stanley Kunitz served as U.S. Consultant in Poetry from 1974-1976 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2000-2001 at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to selected resources related to Kunitz’s life and work.
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Created: September 11, 2020
Last Updated: November 13, 2020
On April 23, 1974, Librarian of Congress L. Quincy Mumford appointed Stanley Kunitz the 22nd Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Kunitz served two terms as Consultant, concluding his tenure in spring 1976.
Stanley Kunitz is a creative poet in his 95th year, having published his first volume of poetry in 1930. He continues to be a mentor and model for several generations of poets, and he brings to the office of Poet Laureate a lifetime of commitment to poetry that is a source of inspiration and admiration for us all. We derive enormous pleasure from his willingness to serve as the nation's 10th Poet Laureate, bringing to bear his unparalleled knowledge of 20th century poetry as we enter the 21st century.
Kunitz served one term as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 2001.