Charles Simic Announced as Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence
Charles Simic, U.S. Poet Laureate, was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938 and immigrated to the United States in 1953. He has lived in New York, Chicago, the San Francisco area, and in New Hampshire where, until his retirement, he was a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.
Since 1967 Simic has published numerous collections of poems, including My Noiseless Entourage; Selected Poems: 1963-2003, for which he received the 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The Voice at 3:00 AM: Selected Late and New Poems; The World Doesn’t End: Prose Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Selected Poems: 1963-1983; Classic Ballroom Dances, which won the University of Chicago’s Harriet Monroe Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Di Castagnola Award. His books of prose include Memory Piano, Metaphysician in the Dark, A Fly in My Soup, Orphan Factory, The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs, Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell, and Wonderful Words, Silent Truth: Essays on Poetry and a Memoir, as well as several translations of poets from the former Yugoslavia.
Simic has received two PEN Awards for his work as a translator, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and the poetry editor of The Paris Review. His new book of poems, That Little Something, will be published in Spring 2008.
As the Spring 2008 Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence, Charles Simic will be teaching a workshop on Poetry and the Modern City (English 3950/3950H) in Spring 2008 semester.