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Robert Pinsky

October 19, Copley Square
Robert Pinsky is a poet, translator, critic, and essayist who served as US Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000. His work—which has earned him the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos William Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy’s Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award, and the Harold Washington Award—often focuses on dedicating itself to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world. He is the author of twenty-nine books, from his Pulitzer Prize finalist The Figured Wheel to a collection of his lectures at Princeton University in Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry, to his landmark translation of Dante’s Inferno. His latest release, The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall, is a collection of more than 130 poems that contend with the most extreme human emotions. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Stephen Greenblatt hails the anthology as “a thrilling roller-coaster ride” and “a perfect introduction to poetry’s enduring power to explore the utmost bounds of our experience.”