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Occupation  Poet
Nationality  Serbian, American

Name  Charles Simic
Role  Poet
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Born  Dusan Simic 9 May 1938 (age 77) Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1938-05-09)
Notable awards  Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1990) Wallace Stevens Award (2007)
Education  New York University (1966), University of Chicago
Awards  United States Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Nominations  National Book Award for Poetry
Books  The World Doesn't End, Hotel insomnia, Walking the black cat, The Lunatic: Poems, Dime‑store alchemy
Similar People  Mark Strand, David Lehman, Tomaz Salamun, Don Paterson, Ivan V Lalic

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Charles Simic (Serbian: Душан "Чарлс" Симић [dǔʃan tʃârls sǐːmitɕ]; born Dušan Simić; May 9, 1938) is a Serbian-American poet and was co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for The World Doesn't End, and was a finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for Selected Poems, 1963-1983 and in 1987 for Unending Blues. He was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2007.


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Early years

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Dušan Simić was born in Belgrade. In his early childhood, during World War II, he and his family was forced to evacuate their home several times to escape indiscriminate bombing of Belgrade. Growing up as a child in war-torn Europe shaped much of his world-view, Simic states. In an interview from the Cortland Review he said, "Being one of the millions of displaced persons made an impression on me. In addition to my own little story of bad luck, I heard plenty of others. I'm still amazed by all the vileness and stupidity I witnessed in my life."

Simic immigrated to the United States with his brother and mother in order to join his father in 1954 when he was sixteen. He grew up in Chicago. In 1961 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and in 1966 he earned his B.A. from New York University while working at night to cover the costs of tuition. He is professor emeritus of American literature and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught since 1973 and lives on the shore of Bow Lake in Strafford, New Hampshire.


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He began to make a name for himself in the early to mid-1970s as a literary minimalist, writing terse, imagistic poems. Critics have referred to Simic's poems as "tightly constructed Chinese puzzle boxes". He himself stated: "Words make love on the page like flies in the summer heat and the poet is merely the bemused spectator."

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Simic writes on such diverse topics as jazz, art, and philosophy. He is a translator, essayist and philosopher, opining on the current state of contemporary American poetry. He held the position of poetry editor of The Paris Review and was replaced by Dan Chiasson. He was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995, received the Academy Fellowship in 1998, and was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000.

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Simic was one of the judges for the 2007 Griffin Poetry Prize and continues to contribute poetry and prose to The New York Review of Books. Simic received the US$100,000 Wallace Stevens Award in 2007 from the Academy of American Poets.

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He was selected by James Billington, Librarian of Congress, to be the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, succeeding Donald Hall. In choosing Simic as the poet laureate, Billington cited "the rather stunning and original quality of his poetry".


In 2011, he was the recipient of the Frost Medal, presented annually for “lifetime achievement in poetry.”


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  • PEN Translation Prize (1980)
  • Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship (1983)
  • MacArthur Fellowship (1984–1989)
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist (1986)
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist (1987)
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1990)
  • Wallace Stevens Award (2007)
  • Frost Medal (2011)
  • Vilcek Prize in Literature (2011)
  • The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award (2014)
  • Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings (2017)
  • References

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