01/29/14 by Poetry Society of America
Gerald Stern was born in 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Eastern European immigrants.
He studied at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including most recently, In Beauty Bright (Norton, 2012); Early Collected Poems from 1965-1992 (2010), which received the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress; Save the Last Dance (2008); and Everything is Burning (2005).
His collection This Time: New and Selected Poems, received the 1998 National Book Award. In 2000 he was appointed the first Poet Laureate of New Jersey. His many honors include awards from the Paris Review, Poetry, and the American Poetry Review, as well as the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For many years Gerald Stern was a professor at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He now lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.