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Robert Bly

writer , poet

Robert Bly, American poet. Recipient award National Institute Arts and Letters, National Book award in poetry, 1968; Fulbright grantee, 1956-1957; Amy Lowell fellow, 1964-1965; Guggenheim fellow, 1965-1966, 72-73; Rockefeller Foundation fellow, 1967; named Minnesota Poet Laureate, 2008. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1945. Member American Academy Arts and Letters.

Background

Bly, Robert was born on December 23, 1926 in Madison, Minnesota, United States. Son of Jacob Thomas and Alice (Aws) Bly.

Education

Student, St. Olaf College, 1947. AB, Harvard, 1950; Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1956.

Career

Writer and poet; served United States Navy 1944-1946. First book, Silence in the 172 Snow>’ Fields, publ. 1962; f. The Fifties 1958, later The Sixties and Seventies Press.

F. American Writers Against the Vietnam War 1966. Fulbright.

Works

Membership

Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1945. Member American Academy Arts and Letters.

Connections

Married Carolyn McLean, June 24, 1955 (divorced 1979). Children: Mary, Bridget, Noah Matthew Jacob, Micah John Padma. Married Ruth Ray, June 27, 1980.

father:
Jacob Thomas Bly

mother:
Alice (Aws) Bly

spouse:
Carolyn McLean