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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles D. Simic  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1938 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia


Illinois Connection

Charlse moved to Oak Park in 1955 and attended Oak Park/River Forest High School. After graduation he worked as an office boy for the Chicago Sun Times while attending college.

Biographical and Professional Information

In 2007 Charles Simac was named the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States by the Library of Congress. He writes on such diverse topics as jazz, art, and philosophy. He exerts considerable influence not only as poet, but as translator, essayist and philosopher, opining on the current state of contemporary American poetry. He held the position of poetry editor of The Paris Review. He is now a retired professor from the University of New Hampshire.

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