Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky’s Selected Poems will appear in April. His acclaimed translation The Inferno of Dante was a Book-of-the-Month-Club Editor’s Choice. His awards include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the William Carlos Williams Award, Italy’s Premio Capri and the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago. Pinsky was born and raised on the New Jersey shore, in the historic town of Long Branch. He has appeared onstage reading his poems with musicians of many different kinds, including Rakalam Bob Moses, Josh Ritter, Bruce Springsteen and the Takács String Quartet. While serving an unprecedented three terms as United States Poet Laureate, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project, including the remarkable videos that can be seen at He teaches in the MFA program at Boston University and is poetry editor of the online magazine Slate. He is the only member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on both "The Colbert Report" and "The Simpsons."

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