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Stanley Plumly
American writer and academic

Stanley Plumly

Stanley Plumly
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Intro American writer and academic
Is Poet
From United States of America
Field Literature
Gender male
Birth 23 May 1939, Barnesville
Age 84 years
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Stanley Plumly (born May 23, 1939 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 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."


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.



  • Against Sunset (W. W. Norton, 2016)
  • The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner With Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb (W. W. Norton, 2014)
  • 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. 


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.


  • Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, 2015
  • 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

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