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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karl Jay Shapiro  

Pen Name: Karl Shapiro

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1913 in Baltimore, Maryland


Illinois Connection

English Professor, UIC, 1966-68, and was Editor for Poetry, Chicago, Illinois, 1956-66.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shapiro was a poet, editor of poetry, scholar and teacher. He was appointed the fifth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1946.Shapiro's last work, ''Coda: Last Poems'', was published in a collected volume post-mortem by editor Robert Phillips in 2008. The poems, divided into three sections according to love poems to his last wife, poems concerning roses, and other various poems, were discovered in the drawers of Shapiro's desk by his wife two years after his death.

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-- Awarded the contemporary Poetry Prize in 1943 for ''V-Letter and Other Poems''.