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US Library of Congress Names New Poet Laureate: Charles Simic

Charles Simic can add one more accolade to his already embarrassingly full resume. The 69 year old Yugoslavian who the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990 also recently won the Academy of American Poets’ 14th annual $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 1984.

The Poet Laureate annual stipend is small at $35,000 plus a $5,000 travel allowance. Surely our government could pony up a little more money for such an august position?

Via Publishers’ Weekly and Media Bistro.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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