Charles Simic has read for the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series on numerous occasions: May 2, 1981, April 2, 1984, March 3, 1993, May 1, 2006 and on November 18, 2013 as the judge for Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Shelley Puhak (2013).
Simic’s work resists categorization and is often haunting, sly, mysterious, and always engaging. Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has written 20 books of poetry, seven books of essays, a memoir, and numerous books of translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry. He has received many literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. Of his book The World Doesn't End, Publisher's Weekly wrote that "Simic is a master of the absurd and the unexpected." Simic was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2007-08.
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