Charles Simic will be named the 15th poet laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress today, succeeding Donald Hall, Publishers Weekly reports.
Simic, who is 69, was born in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the U.S. at 16. After learning English he started writing poetry and to date has published 20 volumes. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990 and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 1984. He is a retired professor of American literature and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the poetry editor of The Paris Review and also writes for The New York Review of Books.