Stanley Plumly

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Stanley Plumly
Plumly in 2013
Plumly in 2013
Born(1939-05-23)May 23, 1939
Barnesville, Ohio, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 2019(2019-04-11) (aged 79)
Frederick, Maryland, U.S.
Alma materWilmington College
Ohio University
SpouseMargaret (Forian) Plumly

Stanley Plumly (May 23, 1939 – April 11, 2019)[1] was an American poet and the director of University of Maryland, College Park's creative writing program.

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. He taught the writing program at the University of Maryland.[2]

Plumly died of multiple myeloma on April 11, 2019, in Frederick, Maryland, at the age of 79.[3]




  • Plumly, Stanley (1970). In the outer dark : poems. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP.
  • How the Plains Indians Got Horses (Best Cellar Press, 1973)
  • Giraffe (Louisiana Press, 1974)
  • Out-of-the-Body Travel (Ecco/Viking, 1977)
  • Summer Celestial (Ecco/Norton, 1983)
  • Plumly, Stanley (1989). Boy on the Step. New York: Ecco/Norton. ISBN 0-88001-228-5.
  • Plumly, Stanley (1997). The Marriage in the Trees. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press. ISBN 0-88001-487-3.

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Brownfields 2013 Plumly, Stanley (June 10–17, 2013). "Brownfields". The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 17. pp. 82–83.

As editor[edit]


  • Argument & song. Other Press, LLC. 2003. ISBN 978-1-59051-076-6.
  • Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography (W. W. Norton, 2008)
  • The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner With Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb (W. W. Norton, 2014)
  • Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime (W. W. Norton, 2018)


  • Poet Laureate for the State of Maryland[5]
  • Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, 2015[6]
  • 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



  1. ^ "Stanley Plumly". Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  2. ^ Stuart Friebert; David Young, eds. (1989). The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2 ed.). Longman. p. 431. ISBN 978-0-8013-0046-2.
  3. ^ Schudel, Matt (April 13, 2019). "Stanley Plumly, Maryland poet laureate who wrote of nature and memory, dies at 79". San Francisco Chronicle. The Washington Post. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Middle Distance".
  5. ^ The Associated Press, September 29, 2009
  6. ^ Brittany Borghi, "Stanley Plumly receives Truman Capote Award", Iowa Now, July 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2010-01-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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