Melissa Studdard talks with Robert Pinsky about poetry, translation, editing, and more. Pinsky, who served three terms as United States Poet Laureate, is also an acclaimed literary critic and the best-selling translator of The Inferno of Dante. He has received numerous awards for his poetry and translations, including the Lenore Marshall Award, the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union, the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, and the Theodore M. Roethke Memorial Poetry Award.
He currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University and serves as the poetry editor for Slate. His most recent collection of poetry, Selected Poems, was released April 2011.
Lloyd Schwarz, of The Boston Phoenix, has said of Pinsky, “In his poems Pinsky talks, with democratic warmth and intimacy, to the common things of this world. His extraordinary poems remind us that he has always embodied the very ideal he proposes for what a poet can do.”
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