A Happy Day For Charles Simic

August 6, 2007

Last Thursday, August 2nd, Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Simic was named the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States. The same day, Charles Simic also won the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets which recognizes “outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.” The award also comes with a $100,000 prize. Academy Chancellor James Tate said of Simic: “Charles Simic is a poet of immense, humane consideration. He carries our souls around in his back pocket like a map of the lost world.”

Simic will appear at the Bryant Park Reading Series–an Academy presentation of free public readings, on Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 PM in Bryant Park, in New York City. For more information on the series go to: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/383

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