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Louise Elisabeth Glück (pron. "Glick", IPA: /glɪk/) (born April 22, 1943) is an American poet.


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Works
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 4 External links


Glück was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. Her father helped invent the X-Acto Knife[1]. Glück graduated in 1961 from George W. Hewlett High School, in Hewlett, New York. She attended Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, and Columbia University, New York City. Glück won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris. Glück is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award (Triumph of Achilles), the Academy of American Poet’s Prize (Firstborn), as well as numerous Guggenheim fellowships. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was previously a Senior Lecturer in English at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Glück currently teaches at Yale University.


Glück is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Averno (2006); The Seven Ages (2001); Vita Nova (1999), which was awarded The New Yorker's Book Award in Poetry; Meadowlands (1996); The Wild Iris (1992), which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat (1990), which received the Library of Congress's Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; and The Triumph of Achilles (1985), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award, and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award. The First Four Books collects her early poetry.

Louise Glück has also published a collection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (1994), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. Sarabande Books published in chapbook form a new, six-part poem, October, in 2004. In 2001 Yale University awarded Louise Glück its Bollingen Prize in Poetry, given biennially for a poet's lifetime achievement in his or her art. Her other honors include the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize (Wellesley, 1986), the MIT Anniversary Medal (2000), and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1999 was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2003 she was named as the new judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and will serve in that position through 2007. Glück was appointed the US Poet Laureate from 2003-2004, replacing Billy Collins.



  • Firstborn (New American Library, 1968)
  • The House on Marshland (Ecco Press, 1975)
  • The Garden (Antaeus, 1976)
  • Descending Figure (Ecco Press, 1980)
  • The Triumph of Achilles (Ecco Press, 1985)
  • Ararat (Ecco Press, 1990)
  • The Wild Iris (Ecco Press, 1992)
  • The First Four Books of Poems (Ecco Press, 1995)
  • Meadowlands (Ecco Press, 1996)
  • Vita Nova (Ecco Press, 1999)
  • The Seven Ages (Ecco Press, 2001)
  • Averno (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006)


  • Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry (Ecco Press, 1994)
  • Louise Glück at poets.org
  • Louise Glück at artstomp.com
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