Louise Elisabeth Glück is an American poet and essayist. She was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2003 to 2004. Her work is known for its emotional intensity and for drawing on mythology or nature imagery to meditate on personal experiences and modern life.
About Louise Glück in brief
Louise Elisabeth Glück is an American poet and essayist. She was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2003 to 2004. Her work is known for its emotional intensity and for drawing on mythology or nature imagery to meditate on personal experiences and modern life. As a teenager, she developed anorexia nervosa, which became the defining challenge of her late teenage and young adult years. She spent the next seven years in therapy, which she has credited with helping her to overcome the illness and teaching her how to think. She is an adjunct professor and Rosenkranz Writer in Residence at Yale University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband, Charles Hertz Jr., and their two children. She won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, whose judges praised \”her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal\”. Her other awards include the Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and Bollingen Prize. Her first collection of poems, Firstborn, was published in 1968, which received some positive attention. She has also taught poetry at several academic institutions, including Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her poems have illuminated aspects of trauma, desire, and nature, in doing so, they have become known for frank expressions of sadness and isolation. She wrote her first book of poetry in 1971, which was only published after a prolonged case of writer’s block, which has only been cured after she has had a long-term relationship with her publisher, Simon & Schuster.
Her poetry has been published in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation Monthly and other venues, including The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, and The New England Review, among others. She also has a book of short stories, which have appeared in The New Republic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Times, and the New York City Review of Literature, among other publications. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her wife, Charles, and their three children. Her husband is an attorney and former New York Times best-selling author of the book “The Secret Life of the American Poet” The couple have two children, a son and a daughter-in-law, and a stepson and stepson. Glük is of Russian Jewish descent, while her paternal grandparents, Hungarian Jews, emigrated to the U.S. before her father was born, and they eventually owned a grocery store in New York. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University but did not obtain a degree. In her childhood, her parents taught her Greek mythology and classic stories such as the life of Joan of Arc. In one essay, she has described the illness as the result of an effort to assert her independence from her mother. Her mother was a graduate of Wellesley College. Her father had an ambition to become a writer, but went into business with his brother-inlaw.