• Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaking Series


    The 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the United States Library of Congress

    Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard in 1951, and in 1953 his B.Litt from Oxford University. After Oxford, Hall spent a year as a Creative Writing Fellow at Stanford University. For the past thirty years, he has lived at Eagle Pond Farm in rural New Hampshire, in the house where his grandmother and his mother were born. He has two children from his first marriage and five grandchildren. He was married for twenty-three years to the poet Jane Kenyon, who died in 1995. In 1998, he published Without (Houghton Mifflin), a collection of poems expressing his grief over Kenyon’s death.

    Hall has published fifteen books of poetry, beginning with Exiles and Marriages in 1955. Earlier this year, he published White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006 (Houghton Mifflin), a volume of his essential life’s work. Among his books for children, Ox-Cart Man (1979) won the Caldecott Medal. His twenty books of prose include Willow Temple: New and Selected Stories (2003), and a collection of his essays about poetry, Breakfast Served Any Time All Day (2003). He has written extensively about life in New Hampshire—Seasons at Eagle Pond (1987) and Here at Eagle Pond (2000). He is currently working on a third volume, Eagle Pond, scheduled for publication in 2007.

    For his poetry, Donald Hall has received the Academy of American Poets’ Lamont Poetry Prize in 1955; the Edna St Vincent Millay Award in 1956; the Lenore Marshall / The Nation Poetry Prize in 1987 for The Happy Man; both the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 1988 and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry in 1989 for The One Day; the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 1994; and two Guggenheim Fellowships. He has been nominated for the National Book Award three times (1956, 1979, and 1993).

    For much more biographical material, see: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/hall/hall.html

    White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006 is available at the HSU Bookstore.

    Funding for Donald Hall’s performance has been generously provided by Mr. James M. Parker in memory of his wife Cynthia Ann Parker.

    For further information, contact Dr. Robert A. Fink (325) 670-1214, Hardin-Simmons University, Department of Literature and Languages.

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