Aug 3 2007
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?