Robert Pinsky’s first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism, and such national enthusiasm in response, that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world.
Elegant and tough, vividly imaginative, Pinsky’s poems have earned praise for their wild musical energy and range. His collections of poems include Selected Poems (2011), The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), his newest book At the Foundling Hospital (2016), and his landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante which received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. As PoemJazz, Pinsky often performs his poems with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood and other eminent jazz musicians, in venues ranging from schools and universities to jazz clubs.