Louise Bogan (August 11, 1897 – February 4, 1970) served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1945 – 46, the first woman appointed to the position. She is the author of six collections of poetry, including the highly influential The Blue Estuaries (1968). Bogan also published prose, including Journey Around My Room (1980), and translations of such poets as Ernst Junger, Jules Renard, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Bogan’s honors include awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and the Guggenheim Foundation.