The Artist Birthday Series

Mark Strand

Mark Strand (April 11, 1934 – November 29, 2014), poet

[Note from TML ~ In 2006, I had the surreal experience of meeting and working with Mark Strand for one memorable, very memorable, afternoon in Tuscany. At the time, I was living in a lovely little town on the side of a hill there, and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to write a monthly column for a magazine in Chicago, detailing my adventures. Though this particular story had very little to do with Italy or Italian life per se, the sheer absurdity of my time spent in the company of this accomplished gentleman, warranted writing. I have included my tale of “Whoa!” below after Mr. Strand’s bio, because even after all these years, the thought of that day still makes me cringe…and laugh.]

Mark Strand, poet

Mark Strand was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990 and received the Wallace Stevens Award in 2004. Strand was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University from 2005 until his death in 2014.

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