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Stanley Jasspon Kunitz

Editor , educator , poet

Stanley Jasspon Kunitz, American poet, editor, educator. With Army of the United States, 1943-1945. Member Academy American Poets (fellowship award 1968, chancellor 1970-1995); member American Academy of Arts and Letters (secretary 1985-1988), Poets House New York (founding president 1985-1990), Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (founding member, board directors 1968-2006, medal for distinguished service in arts 1997), Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

Kunitz, Stanley Jasspon was born on July 29, 1905 in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Solomon Z. and Yetta Helen (Jasspon) Kunitz.

Education

AB summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1926. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1927. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Clark University, 1961.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Anna Maria College, 1977. Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. Mary's College, Maryland, 1994. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Worcester State College, 1980.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), State University of New York, Brockport, 1987.

Career

Editor Wilson Library Bulletin, 1928-1943. Literature faculty Bennington College, 1946-1949. Professor English Potsdam (New York ) State Teachers College, 1949-1950.

Director seminar Potsdam Summer Workshop in Creative Arts, 1949-1953. Lecturer The New School, 1950-1957. Visiting professor poetry University Washington, 1955-1956.

Visiting professor English Queens College, 1956-1957, Brandeis University, 1958-1959. Director poetry workshop Poetry Center Young Men’s Hebrew Association, New York, 1958-1962. Danforth visiting lecturer various American colleges, 1961-1963.

Lecturer Columbia University, 1963-1966, adjunct professor writing Graduate School Arts, 1967-1985. Editor Yale Series Younger Poets, 1969-1977. Visiting professor poetry Yale University, 1970, Rutgers University at Camden, 1974.

Visiting professor, senior fellow in humanities Princeton University, 1978, Vassar College, 1981. Consultant poetry Library. of Congress, 1974-1976. Founder Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts, Poets House, New York City.

Works

Membership

With Army of the United States, 1943-1945. Member Academy American Poets (fellowship award 1968, chancellor 1970-1995). Member American Academy of Arts and Letters (secretary 1985-1988), Poets House New York (founding president 1985-1990), Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (founding member, board directors 1968-2006, medal for distinguished service in arts 1997), Phi Beta Kappa.

Connections

Married Helen Pearce, 1930 (divorced 1937). Married Eleanor Evans, November 21, 1939 (divorced 1958). 1 daughter, Gretchen.

Married Elise Asher (deceased), June 21, 1958.

father:
Solomon Z. Kunitz

mother:
Yetta Helen (Jasspon) Kunitz

spouse:
Helen Pearce

spouse:
Eleanor Evans

spouse:
Elise Asher