Tonight on the Jim Lehrer NewsHour (on your friendly neighborhood PBS station -- check your local listings)...
*AN AMERICAN POET
September 26, 2007
As a part of our ongoing series of poet profiles, tonight we feature Poet Laureate Charles Simic.
Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia during World War II where his earliest years saw occupation, civil war, and the beginnings of a Stalinist regime in his homeland. Although he is the fifteenth Poet Laureate of the United States, he did not speak English until he was 15-years-old. Simic has published over 60 books in the United States and abroad, including numerous volumes of his own poetry, essays, and memoirs. He won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems.
Charles Simic will be answering your questions on his work and the future of poetry in an Online Insider Forum. To participate go to www.pbs.org/newshour/insider/.
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