Louise Glück, acclaimed poet and the Rosencrantz Writer in Residence at Yale, is among the 12 distinguished recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medals. President Barack Obama will award the medals in conjunction with the National Medal of Arts during a White House ceremony on Sept. 22.
Louise Glück was cited “for giving lyrical expression to our inner conflicts. Glück’s use of verse connects us to the myths of the ancients, the magic of the natural world, and the essence of who we are.” She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Wild Iris,” published in 1992. Glück was the 2001 winner of Yale’s Bollingen Prize in Poetry for her 1999 book, “Vita Nova,” and was named the 12th U.S. poet laureate in 2003. She has been honored with fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2008, she was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.