Mark Strand

Mark Strand

Strand, Mark, 1934-, American poet, b. Prince Edward Island, Canada. His poetry is noted for its confrontation with the surreal and irrational. His collections include Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964), Darker (1970), Selected Poems (1980), Blizzard of One (1998; Pulitzer Prize), and New Selected Poems (2007). He has also published a novel, Mr. and Mrs. Baby (1985), and has edited several distinguished poetry anthologies, including The Contemporary American Poets (1969) and Another Republic (1976). He was poet laureate of the United States (1990-91).
Mark Strand (born April 11, 1934) is an American poet, essayist, and translator.

Strand was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. His early years were spent in North America, while much of his teenage years were spent in South and Central America. IN 1957, he earned his B.A. from Antioch College in Ohio. Strand then studied painting under Josef Albers at Yale University where he earned a B.F.A in 1959. On a Fulbright Scholarship, Strand studied nineteenth-century Italian poetry in Italy during 1960-1961. He attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop the following year and earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1962. In 1965 he spent a year in Brazil as a Fulbright Lecturer. Strand has since taught at many universities and published eleven books of poetry, in addition to translations from the poetry of Rafael Alberti and Carlos Drummond de Andrade, among others. In 1997, he left Johns Hopkins University to accept the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professorship of Social Thought at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He currently teaches at Columbia University.

In 1981, Strand was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress during the 1990-1991 term. Strand has received numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship in 1987 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for Blizzard of One.




  • Sleeping with One Eye Open (1964)
  • Reasons for Moving (1968)
  • Darker (1970)
  • The Story of Our Lives (1973)
  • The Sargentville Notebook (1973)
  • The Late Hour (1978)
  • Selected Poems (1980)
  • The Continuous Life (1990)
  • Dark Harbor (1993)
  • Blizzard of One (1998)
  • Chicken, Shadow, Moon & More (1999)
  • Man and Camel (2006)
  • New Selected Poems (2007)


  • The Monument (1978)
  • Keeping Things Whole (1980)
  • The Planet of Lost Things (1982)
  • The Night Book (1985)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Baby and Other Stories (1985)
  • Rembrandt Takes a Walk (1986)
  • Prose (1987)
  • William Bailey (1987)
  • Hopper (1994)
  • The Weather of Words (2000)


  • Poems from the Quechua (Halty Ferguson, 1971)
  • Alberti, Rafael, The Owl's Insomnia (Atheneum, 1973)
  • Drummond de Andrade, Carlos, Souvenir of the Ancient World (Antaeus Editions, 1976)
  • Looking for Poetry: Poems by Carlos Drummond de Andrade and Rafael Alberti, with Songs from the Quechua (2002)

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