Stanley Plumly

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Stanley Plumly
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Born (1939-05-23) May 23, 1939 (age 79)
Barnesville, Ohio
Alma materWilmington College;
Ohio University

Stanley Plumly (born May 23, 1939[1] in Barnesville, Ohio) is an American poet, who is professor of English and director of University of Maryland, College Park's creative writing program.

"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 title of 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."[2]


He graduated from Wilmington College (Ohio), and from Ohio University with his M.A. in 1968. He completed his PhD coursework at Ohio University and left in 1968, ABD. He is the head of the English department in the University of Maryland.




  • 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. 89 (17): 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)


In 2009, Plumly was named Poet Laureate for the State of Maryland by Governor Martin O'Malley. [3]


  • Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, 2015[4]
  • 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


External links[edit]


  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.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  3. ^ The Associated Press, September 29, 2009
  4. ^ Brittany Borghi, "Stanley Plumly receives Truman Capote Award", Iowa Now, July 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2010-01-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)