A Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Charles Simic has published more than 60 collections of poetry, translations, and essays. He emigrated from Yugoslavia to the United States in 1954. His debut collection, What the Grass Says, was published in 1967. Simic's poems have appeared in more than 100 literary journals and magazines, and his full-length collections include White (1972); UnendingBlues (1986); The World Doesn’t End (1989), for which he won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Hotel Insomnia (1992); and Walking the Black Cat (1996), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His collection, Jackstraws (1999), was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and his Selected Poems: 1963-2003 won the Griffin International Poetry Award.
In 2007, Simic was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate. His other honors and awards include a MacArthur Genius Grant, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award. He also has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the PEN Translation Prize, and he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000. A life-long educator, Simic has held positions at Boston University, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of New Hampshire.