Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Friday, October 3, 1997
548 West 22nd Street, NYC, 7:00pm

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky’s most recent book of poems, The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 was nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize and awarded the 1996 Ambassador Award of the English Speaking Union. His The Inferno of Dante: A New Verse Translation was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Review Prize in poetry and the Howard Morton Landon Prize in Translation. Among his many other honors is the Shelley Memorial Award. In 1997, the Princeton University Press reissued Robert Pinsky’s booklength poem An Explanation of America, which won the Saxifrage Prize in 1975. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in the fall of 1997, reissued History of My Heart, chosen the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Prize in 1984. Robert Pinsky is the poetry editor of Slate, an on-line magazine published by Microsoft at, and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Boston University. He is the present Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry of the United States.