The head of the Library of Congress is to name Donald Hall, a writer whose deceptively simple language builds on images of the New England landscape, as the nation's 14th poet laureate .
...Mr. Hall, a poet in the distinctive American tradition of Robert Frost, has also been a harsh critic of the religious right's influence on government arts policy.
Library of Congress National Book Festival bio:
Donald Hall began writing as an adolescent and attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at the age of 16 — the same year he had his first book published. He is the author of more than 21 books of prose and 15 books of poetry, including his most recent collection, The Best Day, The Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). Among his many honors and awards are the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and the Frost Medal. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, the state where he lives.