Louise Glück. Courtesy the Library of Congress.

Louise Glück
Occupation Poet
Nationality United States American
Notable award(s) Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1993)
Bollingen Prize in Poetry (2001)
US Poet Laureate (2003–2004)

Louise Elisabeth Glück (born April 22, 1943) is an American poet of Hungarian Jewish heritage. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003, after serving as a Special Bicentennial Consultant three years earlier in 2000.[1]



Glück was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. Her father, an immigrant from Hungary, helped invent and market the X-Acto Knife.[2] Glück graduated in 1961 from George W. Hewlett High School, in Hewlett, New York. She went on to attend Sarah Lawrence College and later transferred to Columbia University.


Glück is the author of twelve books of poetry, including: "A Village Life" (2009); Averno (2006) which was a finalist for The National Book Award; The Seven Ages (2001); Vita Nova (1999), which was awarded The New Yorker's Book Award in Poetry; Meadowlands (1996); The Wild Iris (1992), which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat (1990), which received the Library of Congress's Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; and The Triumph of Achilles (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award, and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award. The First Four Books collects her early poetry.

Louise Glück has also published a collection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on poetry (1994), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Non-fiction. Sarabande Books published in chapbook form a new, six-part poem, October, in 2004.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was previously a Senior Lecturer in English at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Glück currently teaches at Yale University, where she is the Rosencranz Writer in Residence, and in the Creative Writing Program of Boston University. She has also been a member of the faculty of the University of Iowa and taught at Goddard College in Vermont.[3]

Recognition Edit

Glück won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris. Glück is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award (Triumph of Achilles), the Academy of American Poet's Prize (Firstborn), as well as numerous  

In 2001 Yale University awarded Louise Glück its Bollingen Prize in Poetry, given biennially for a poet's lifetime achievement in his or her art. Her other honors include the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize (Wellesley, 1986), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Anniversary Medal (2000), and fellowships from the Guggenheim. and Rockefeller foundations and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1999 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2003 she was named as judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and served in that position through 2010. Glück was appointed the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2003 through 2004, succeeding Billy Collins.

She won a National Book Award in 2014 for her collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night.[4]



  • Firstborn. New York: New American Library, 1968.
  • The House on Marshland. New York: Ecco Press, 1975.
  • The Garden. New York: Antaeus, 1976.
  • Descending Figure. New York: Ecco Press, 1980.
  • The Triumph of Achilles. New York: Ecco Press, 1985.
  • Ararat. New York: Ecco Press, 1990.
  • The Wild Iris. New York: Ecco Press, 1992.
  • The First Four Books of Poems. New York: Ecco Press, 1995.
  • Meadowlands. New York: Ecco Press, 1996.
  • Vita Nova. New York: Ecco Press, 1999.
  • The Seven Ages. New York: Ecco Press, 2001.
  • October (chapbook). Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 2004.
  • Averno. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2006.
  • A Village Life. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2009.
  • Poems, 1962-2012. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2012.
  • Faithful and Virtuous Night. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2014.[5]


  • Proofs and Theories: Essays on poetry. New York: Ecco Press, 1994.
  • Introduction to Spencer Reece, The Clerk’s Tale. Boston: Mariner Books, 2004.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation.[6]

Poet Louise Glück reads from A Village Life02:21

Poet Louise Glück reads from A Village Life

Audio / videoEdit

  • The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress — Favorite Poets. Louise Glück (sound recording, includes interview by Grace Cabalieri). Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1999.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. "Former Poet Laureate Louise Glück". Library of Congress. 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  2. PostClassic
  4. Meredith Goldstein, "Cambridge poet wins National Book Award." Boston Globe, November 21, 2014.
  5. Faithful and Virtuous Night, Web, Aug. 27, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Louise Glück b. 1943, Poetry Foundation, Web, Aug. 27, 2014.

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