Charles Simic (1938- )
Charles Simic was appointed America's Poet Laureate for 2007-8. He received the Pulitzer Prize for The World Doesn't End, and has published more than 60 books in the U.S. and abroad. A native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he emigrated with his family in 1954 and lived in Oak Park, attending Oak Park-River Forest High School and visiting the Dole Branch Library. He talks about his visits to Dole in this New York Review of Books blog post. He has received numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Emeritus Professor of the University of New Hampshire. Learn more about Charles Simic at www.poetryfoundation.org.