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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Robert Hass wins $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award

Robert Hass, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and UC Berkeley professor, has won the prestigious Wallace Stevens Award. The $100,000 prize is given annually by the Academy of American Poets in recognition of “outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.”
Hass, a 73-year-old native of San Francisco, is a former poet laureate of the United States; he served from 1995 to 1997. He has also won a National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards and a MacArthur Fellowship. His recent books include “What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World” (2012) and “The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems” (2010), which Chronicle reviewer Dean Rader described as “a generous book [that] shows Hass’ impressive range, both thematically and formally.” The poet Forrest Gander has said Hass’ work “attends to the details of quotidian life with remarkable clarity.”
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