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March 19, 2007

John Ashbery

AshberyJohn Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York in 1927 and raised in Sodus, New York, near Lake Ontario.  He is the author of over twenty previous collections of poetry, including Chinese Whispers (FSG, 2002); Your Name Here (FSG, 2000); Girls on the Run: A Poem (FSG, 1999); Wakefulness (FSG, 1998); Can You Hear, Bird (FSG, 1995); And the Stars Were Shining (FSG, 1994); Hotel Lautrémont (FSG, 1992); Flow Chart (FSG, 1991); April Galleons (FSG, 1987); A Wave (FSG, 1984), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975), which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award; and Some Trees (1956), which was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. In addition to his volumes of poetry, he has published Other Traditions: the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures (2000); Reported Sightings (1989), a book of art criticism; a collection of plays; and a novel, A Nest of Ninnies (1969), which he co-authored with James Schuyler. Ashbery was the first English-language poet to win the Grand Prix de Biennales Internationales de Poésie (Brussels, 1996). He has received the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and National Book Award (1976); a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship; the Horst Bienek Prize for poetry from the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (1991); the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and the Feltrinelli Prize (1992).  He has also received the Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America and served as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Most recently he received the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets (2001). In 2002 he was named Officer of the Légion d’Honneur of the Republic of France by presidential decree. A graduate of Harvard University, Ashbery was Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard in 1989.  His lectures were recently published as Other Traditions (Charles Eliot Norton Lectures). Now Charles P. Stevenson, Jr., Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, he lives in New York City and Hudson, New York.

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