Academy of American Poets Reception

On November 14, 1983, the Library of Congress sponsored a reception to honor the 50th anniversary of the Academy of American Poets. The event took place during the term of U.S. Poet Laureate Anthony Hecht. This photo, with eleven Poets Laureate and Marie Bullock, the founder and president of the Academy of American Poets, was taken in the Whittall Pavilion in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

Standing, l. to r.: W.S. Merwin, John Hollander, James Merrill, Mark Strand, May Swenson, David Wagoner, Daniel Hoffman, Anthony Hecht, Mona Van Duyn. Seated, l. to r: Robert Fitzgerald, Howard Nemerov, Marie Bullock, Stanley Kunitz, William Meredith, and Robert Penn Warren (kneeling). Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.