Laureate - 2017

Charles Simic

Serbia, USA


Charles Simic was born on May 9, 1938, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In 1954 his family emigrated from Yugoslavia in the United States. Charles Simic is one of the most unique poets writing today. Simic’s work has won numerous awards, among them the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Frost Medal, the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award, the Wallace Stevens Award and was appointed as U.S. Poet Laureate. His books of poetry include What the Grass Says (l967); Somewhere Among us a Stone is Taking Notes (1969); Dismantling the Silence, (1971), White, (1972); Return to a Place Lit by a Glass of Milк (1974); Biography and a Lament (1976); Charon’s Cosmology (1977); Classic Ballroom Dances, (l980); Austerities (1982); Weather Forecast for Utopia and Vicinity (1983); Selected Poems 1963-1983 (1985); Unending Blues (1986), The World Doesn’t End (1989); Selected Poems l963-1983, (1990); The Book of Gods and Devils (1990); Hotel Insomnia (1992); A Wedding in Hell (1994); Frightening Toys (1995); Walking the Black Cat (1996);• Looking for Trouble, (Faber and Faber, 1997); Jackstraws (l999); Selected Early Poems (1999); Night Picnic (2001); Voice at 3 A.M: Selected Later and New Poems (2003); Selected Poems 1963-2003 (2004); Aunt Lettuce I Want to Peek Under your Skirt (2005); My Noiseless Entourage (2005); That Little Something (2008); Sixty Poems (2008); Master of Disguises (2010); Selected and New Poems 1962-2012 (2013); The Lunatic (2015); Scriblled in the Dark (2017). Simic has also published numerous translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry and is the author of several books of essays.