Louise Gluck: 2020 Nobel Laureate!
American poet and essayist Louise Glück has been named the 2020 Nobel Laureate for Literature! She is the author of more than a dozen collections, many of which are award winners in their own right, including Faithful and Virtuous Night, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry, the Pulitzer Prize winning collection The Wild Iris, and Proofs and Theories, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. She also served as the 12th US Poet Laureate, from 2003-2004. Though her work has been called "dark" and "bleak" for its unflinching approach to topics of loss and isolation, it acknowledges that these states can be fleeting. Nobel Committee Chairman Anders Olsson noted that in Glück's poetry, that moment of transformation from loss to acceptance or rebirth "is often marked by humour and biting wit." In accessible, everyday language, Glück's work employs, as the Swedish Academy described, "unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal."
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