Donald Hall

Donald Hall served as Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2007. His poetry has been set to music by William Bolcom in his work Simple Stories, for soprano solo and chorus, as well as his song cycle Three Donald Hall Songs for voice and small ensemble.

Photo: Donald Hall, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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“Donald Hall was born in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1928. He published more than 20 poetry collections, including Exiles and Marriages (1955), The Happy Man (1986), and The One Day (1988), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.

For his poetry, Donald Hall received the Marshall/Nation Award in 1987 for The Happy Man; both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1988 for The One Day; the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement in 1994; two Guggenheim Fellowships; and the National Medal of Arts. Hall lived in Wilmot, New Hampshire, until his death in 2018.”

–Library of Congress Poets Laureate page

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