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December 15, 1995
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Hopkins Poet Mark Strand Named
Chancellor of Academy of American Poets

Mark Strand, Johns Hopkins University's Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry, has been appointed to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. Strand will join 11 other distinguished poets currently serving on this prestigious board, including Anthony Hecht, Mona Van Duyn and John Ashbery.

The New York City-based Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster an appreciation of contemporary poetry. It is the largest organization in the country dedicated specifically to the art of poetry. The academy sponsors national programs including several of the most important poetry fellowships and awards in the United States and a poetry reading series which began in New York City in 1963 and is now presented across the country.

As a member of the Board of Chancellors, Strand will determine winners of fellowhips and advise the academy on literary and organizational matters.

Strand is the author of nine books of poems, beginning with Sleeping With One Eye Open in 1964 and, most recently, Dark Harbor in 1993. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including Fulbright, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur fellowships. In 1990, he was elected the fourth poet laureate of the United States. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He resides in Baltimore with his wife and son.

For more information on the Academy of American Poets, contact Matthew Brogan at (212) 274-0343.

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