J. D. McClatchy

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J. D. "Sandy" McClatchy (born 1945) is an American poet and literary critic. He is editor of the Yale Review and president of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Life[edit]

McClatchy was born Joseph Donald McClatchy, Jr., in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in 1945. He was educated at Georgetown and Yale, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1974.[1] He lives in Stonington, Connecticut, and New York.[2] His husband is graphic designer Chip Kidd.

Career[edit]

McClatchy's poetic work is wide-ranging. He has authored six collections of poetry, the fifth of which, Hazmat, was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.[3] He has written texts for musical settings, including ten opera libretti, for such composers as Michael Dellaira, Elliot Goldenthal, Daron Hagen, Lowell Liebermann, Lorin Maazel, Tobias Picker, Ned Rorem, Bruce Saylor, William Schuman and Francis Thorne.[1] His honors include an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1991).[4] He has also been one of the New York Public Literary Lions, and received the 2000 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award.

McClatchy is affialited with Yale University, where he is an adjunct professor, a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College, and editor of The Yale Review.[5]

In 1999, he was elected into the membership of The American Academy of Arts and Letters,[6] and in January 2009 he was elected its president.[7] He previously served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1996 until 2003.[8] In addition to these appointments, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation,[9] the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets.

With UCLA professor and poet Stephen Yenser, McClatchy serves as co-executor for the literary estate of James Merrill.

Bibliography[edit]

Poetry
  • Scenes from Another Life (Braziller,1981)
  • Stars Principal (Macmillan,1986)
  • The Rest of the Way (Knopf, 1992)
  • Ten Commandments (Random House, Inc., 120 pages, December 1999)
  • Hazmat (Alfred A. Knopf: Random House, 96 pages, April 2004)
  • Division of Spoils: Selected Poems (Arc, 2003)
  • Mercury Dressing: Poems (Knopf, 2009)
  • Seven Mozart Librettos: A Verse Translation (W.W. Norton 2010)
Criticism
  • White Paper (Columbia UP, 1989)
  • Twenty Questions (Columbia University Press, 200 pages, February 1998)
  • American Writers at Home, photographs by Erica Lennard (Library of America, 240 pages, October 2004)
As Editor
  • The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry (Random House, Inc, 654 pages, May 1996)
  • Christmas Poems ed. John Hollander and J. D. McClatchy (Random House, Inc, cloth, 256 pages, October 1999)
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings (Library of America, 854 pages, August 2000)
  • Bright Pages: Yale Writers, 1701–2001 (Yale University Press, 540 pages, April 2001)
  • Love Speaks Its Name: Gay and Lesbian Love Poems (Random House, Inc, 256 pages, May 2001)
  • Poems of the Sea (Random House, Inc, 256 pages, November 2001)
  • Collected Poems by James Merrill ed. Stephen Yenser and J. D. McClatchy (Alfred A. Knopf: Random House, 912 pages, November 2002)
  • The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, Second Edition (Vintage Books: Random House, 736 pages, April 2003)
  • Allen Ginsberg: The Voice of the Poet (Random House, Inc, March 2004)
  • Frank O'Hara: The Voice of the Poet (Random House, Inc., March 2004)
  • W.H. Auden: The Voice of the Poet (Random House, Inc., March 2004)
  • Horace, the Odes: New Translations by Contemporary Poets by Horace, ed. J. D. McClatchy and Nicholas Jenkins (Princeton University Press, 320 pages, April 2005)
  • Poets of the Civil War (Library of America, 250 pages, April 2005)
  • The Changing Light at Sandover: A Poem by James Merrill, ed. J. D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser (Alfred A. Knopf: Random House, 608 pages, February 2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Profile on Poets.org
  2. ^ "BookLounge Profile". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pulitzer Prize 2003". Columbia University. 
  4. ^ American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards
  5. ^ "J.D. McClatchy". Yale University. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Letters Academicians". 
  7. ^ Progios, Panagiotis (2009-02-06). "McClatchy to head arts organization". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Poetry Archive Profile". 
  9. ^ "Guggenheim Foundation". 

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