John Haines (1924-2011)

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John Haines (1924-2011) wrote more than 10 books of poetry, as well as two books of essays and a memoir. His collection New Poems 1980-88 won both the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the Western States Book Award. Haines taught at Ohio University, George Washington University, and the University of Cincinnati, and he spent more than 20 years in Alaska. In 1997, he became a Fellow of the Academy of American Poets. He was also awarded the Alaska Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, two Guggenheim Fellowships, an Amy Lowell Travelling Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Congress. Two of his other poetry books include For the Century’s End: Poems 1990-1999 (2000) and The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer (1993). His poetry is known for its imagery, which is not frequent in his works but is strong because of its poignancy in combination with the rareness of it. He often wrote about Alaska and survival in its wintery environment. AND

Written by Word Works intern Monica Root October 2013

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