Robert Hass

Robert Hass 

Robert Hass (poetry) received the Yale Younger Poets Award for his first poetry collection, Field Guide (Yale University Press, 1973). Many others followed, including PraiseHuman WishesSun Under Wood, and Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005, which received the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems (Ecco Press). He translated a volume of Japanese poetry, The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa (Ecco Press); co-translated many of the works of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz; and edited Tomas Tranströmer’s Selected Poems: 1954-1986, Poet’s Choice: Poems for Everyday Life (Ecco Press), and Into the Garden: A Wedding Anthology (HarperCollins Publishers). His prose books include Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry (Ecco Press), Now and Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns, 1997-2000 (Counterpoint, 2007), What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination and the Natural World (Ecco Press, 2011), and A Little Book About Form (Ecco Press), which received the Truman Capote Award for literary criticism in 2018. A two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Hass has also received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. From 1995 to 1997, he was poet laureate of the United States, and he served as the chancellor of The American Academy of Poets from 2001 to 2007. He co-founded the River of Words children’s environmental poetry and art contest. He is currently a professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. A new book of poems, Summer Snow (Ecco) will be out in the fall.