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Mark Strand, Canadian poet. Fellow Academy American Poets; member American Academy and Institute Arts and Letters.


Strand, Mark was born on April 11, 1934 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Came to the United States, 1938. Son of Robert Joseph and Sonia (Apter) Strand.


Bachelor, Antioch College, 1957. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Yale, 1959. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1962.


Instructor English University Iowa, 1962-1965. Assistant professor Mount Holyoke College, 1967. Associate professor Brooklyn College, 1971-1972.

Bain-Swiggett lecturer Princeton, 1973. Hurst professor poetry Brandeis University, 1974-1975. Professor University Utah, 1981-1993.

United States poet laureate Library of Congress, Washington, 1990-1991. Professor Johns Hopkins University, 1994—1997. Andrew MacLeish distinguished service professor University Chicago, since 1997.

Fulbright lecturer University Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, 1965-1966. Adjunct associate professor Columbia University, 1969-1972. Visiting professor University Washington, 1968, 70, University Virginia, 1977, Wesleyan University, 1979, Harvard University, 1980.

Visiting lecturer Yale, 1969-1970, University Virginia, 1976, California State University, Fresno, 1977, University California, Irvine, 1979.



Fellow Academy American Poets. Member American Academy and Institute Arts and Letters.


Married Antonia Ratensky, September 14, 1961 (divorced June 1973). 1 daughter, Jessica; Married Julia Rumsey Garretson, March 15, 1976. 1 son, Thomas Summerfield.

Robert Joseph Strand

Sonia (Apter) Strand

Antonia Ratensky

Julia Rumsey Garretson