2010 National Medal of Arts
Donald Hall is an American poet who, through an illustrious career and as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2006-2007, has worked to improve poetry’s standing in the United States and provide new inspiration.
Hall has published numerous books of poetry, most recently White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006 (2006), The Painted Bed (2002), and Without: Poems (1998). Other notable collections include The One Day (1988), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination; The Happy Man (1986), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Exiles and Marriages (1955), which was the Academy of American Poet's Lamont Poetry Selection for 1956. In addition, Hall has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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