May 23, 1939 |
|Alma mater||Wilmington College;
"This poet hymns unlikely things, finding beauty and grace where they were overlooked, so that a frightful contraption like an iron lung can become a miraculous vehicle for 'out-of-the-body travel', the major metaphor as well as the tile ot Plumly's finest collection (1977). In the same way, wildflowers we may have scarely noticed, like meadow-rue and peppergrass, are shown to have the same kind of unlikely and stirring beauty. Stirring, perhaps, because unlikely, rescued from a modest oblivion to enhance our sense of life.
Stanley Plumly grew up in Ohio and Virginia and was educated at Wilmington College in Ohio and at Ohio University. He taught for a number of years at Ohio University, where he helped found the Ohio Review, and he has been a visiting writer at a number of other institutions, including Iowa, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Washington. At present, he teaches in the writing program at the University of Maryland."
His parents, Herman and Esther Plumly, lived in rural Ohio and Virginia. He is married to Margaret Forian Plumly.
- "The Crows at 3 A.M.". The New Yorker. June 2, 2008.
- "Silent Heart Attack". The Atlantic Monthly 292 (2): 116. September 2003.
- "Complaint Against the Arsonist". Virginia quarterly Review. Summer 1992.
- "Sickle". Ploughshares. Winter 1999-00. [dead link]
- "Samuel Scott's A Sunset, With a View of Nine Elms". Ploughshares. Winter 1997–1999. [dead link]
- "Snipers". Ploughshares. Winter 1993–1994.[dead link]
- "Dwarf With Violin, Government Center Station". Ploughshares. Winter 1990–1991.[dead link]
- "Dark All Afternoon". Ploughshares. Summer 1980.[dead link]
- Orphan Hours (W. W. Norton, 2012)
- Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography (W. W. Norton, 2008)
- Old Heart (W. W. Norton, 2007)
- Plumly, Stanley (2000). Now that my father lies down beside me : new & selected poems, 1970 to 2000. New York: Ecco Press. ISBN 0-06-019659-9.
- Plumly, Stanley (1997). The Marriage in the Trees. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press. ISBN 0-88001-487-3.
- Plumly, Stanley (1989). Boy on the Step. New York: Ecco/Norton. ISBN 0-88001-228-5.
- Summer Celestial (Ecco/Norton, 1983)
- Out-of-the-Body Travel (Ecco/Viking, 1977)
- Giraffe (Louisiana Press, 1974)
- How the Plains Indians Got Horses (Best Cellar Press, 1973)
- In the Outer Dark (Louisiana State, 1970)
- Argument & song. Other Press, LLC. 2003. ISBN 978-1-59051-076-6.
- Sebastian Matthews; Stanley Plumly, ed. (2005). Search Party: Collected Poems. Mariner Books. ISBN 0-618-56585-X.
- Michael Collier; Stanley Plumly, ed. (1999). The new Bread Loaf anthology of contemporary American poetry. UPNE. ISBN 978-0-87451-950-1.
Periodicals and Anthologies
Plumley's work has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Paris Review, among others. His poems and essays have been selected for 40 anthologies, including From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright (2008).
In 2009, Plumly was named Poet Laureate for the State of Maryland by Governor Martin O'Malley. 
- John William Corrington Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, 2010
- Beall Award in Biography from PEN, 2009
- Paterson Poetry Prize, 2008
- LA Times Book Prize, 2008
- Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, 1972
- Ingram Merrill Foundation Award
- Pushcart Prize on six occasions
- Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence
- Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
- Ingram-Merrill Fellowship
- 1973 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 
- National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship on three occasions
- 1991 poet in residence at The Frost Place
- Faculty biography maintained by the University of Maryland
- Stanley Plumly's Profile and a few poems at Academy of American Poets, Poetry.org website
- "A Conversation with Stanley Plumly", Lisa Meyer, Boston Review
- "Stanley Plumly: An interview", The American Poetry Review, May 1995, David Biespiel, Rose Solari
- "Bright Stars: Campion’s Film of and from Keats", Poems Out Loud, Stanley Plumly, 10.22.09
- Sherry Horowitz "Review of Stanley Plumly's book Old Heart: 'The Crystal Eye: The 'I' as a Prism' 2007
- "Stanley Plumly". Poetry.org. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- Stuart Friebert, David Young, ed. (1989). The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2 ed.). Longman. p. 431. ISBN 978-0-8013-0046-2.
- The Associated Press, September 29, 2009