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Stanley Kunitz, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide

About Stanley Kunitz at the Library of Congress

Stanley Kunitz served as the Library of Congress's 22nd Consultant in Poetry from 1974-1976 and its 10th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2000-2001. The links below provide more information about his activities at the Library, including webcasts, blog posts, and related news releases.

On April 23, 1974, Librarian of Congress L. Quincy Mumford appointed Stanley Kunitz the 22nd Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He opened the Library's literary season with his inaugural reading on October 7, 1974:

On May 12, 1975, Stanley Kunitz was reappointed to a second term as consultant in poetry, concluding his tenure in spring 1976 with a lecture in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium called "A Poet's America":

On July 31, 2000—24 years later—Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Stanley Kunitz as the Library's 10th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Kunitz took office and opened the literary season on October 20, 2000, with a reading from his books of poetry.

Kunitz served one term as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 2001.

Stanley Kunitz has been featured in several articles in the Library of Congress Information Bulletin. Links to these articles are listed below.

The Library of Congress features several recordings of Stanley Kunitz reading and discussing his poetry and the poetry of other poets. These are listed below.


Other Recordings