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country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: American English
educated at: Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, George W. Hewlett High School
occupation: writer, poet, essayist
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, Bollingen Prize, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, PEN New England Award, United States Poet Laureate, Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, National Book Award for Poetry, National Humanities Medal, Nobel Prize in Literature, Lannan Literary Awards, Tomas Tranströmer prize
influenced by: Robert Lowell, Rainer Maria Rilke, Emily Dickinson
Louise Elisabeth Glück (; born April 22, 1943) is an American poet and essayist. She won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, whose judges praised "her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal". Her other awards include the Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Bollingen Prize. From 2003 to 2004, she was Poet Laureate of the United States.
Glück was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. She began to suffer from anorexia nervosa while in high school and later overcame the illness. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University but did not obtain a degree. In addition to being an author, she has taught poetry at several academic institutions.
Glück is often described as an autobiographical poet; her work is known for its emotional intensity and for frequently drawing on mythology or nature imagery to meditate on personal experiences and modern life. Thematically, her poems have illuminated aspects of trauma, desire, and nature. In doing so, they have become known for frank expressions of sadness and isolation. Scholars have also focused on her construction of poetic personas and the relationship, in her poems, between autobiography and classical myth.
Glück is an adjunct professor and Rosenkranz Writer in Residence at Yale University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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