Mona Van Duyn

Mona Van Duyn served as Poet Laureate from 1992 to 1993. Her poetry has been set to music by American composer Alf Houkom.

Photo: Mona Van Duyn, photograph by Jarvis Thurston, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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“Van Duyn, born in Waterloo, Iowa, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s from the University of Iowa. There were six women Consultants in Poetry, but Van Duyn was the first woman Poet Laureate. From 1947-67, she co-edited and co-published Perspective: A Quarterly of Literature. Her poetry collection, Near Changes, earned her the 1991 Pulitzer Prize. Other honors include the 1971 National Book Award for To See, To Take, and the 1971 Bollingen Prize.”

–Library of Congress Poets Laureate page

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