Remembering Donald Hall: N.H. Poet and Former U.S. Poet Laureate

Jun 25, 2018

Hall talks with Virginia Prescott.

Donald Hall died this weekend.  Described as "staggeringly prolific," Hall wrote books of poetry, memoirs, short stories, childrens' books, and essays.  We explore Hall's work, and listen to the poet himself from interviews over the years.

Read NHPR's tribute to Hall, and listen to interviews and events with the poet, here. 

GUESTS:

  • Chard deNiord - Poet Laureate of Vermont and the author of six books of poetry, including, most recently, Interstate and The Double Truth.  His book of essays and interviews with seven American poets, including Donald Hall, Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled SongsConversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets was published in 2011. 
  • Meg Kearney -  Author of two books of poems for adults, An Unkindness of Ravens—published in 2001 with a foreword by Donald Hall—and Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award. In 1997 she spent a week traveling through Nebraska and South Dakota with Don as part of a National Book Foundation program that brought authors to Indian reservations to talk about writing and story preservation. Don then became Meg’s mentor, friend, and frequent correspondent.
  • Dan Szczesny -  N.H. journalist and author of several books,including  The Nepal Chronicles and, most recently, The White Mountain. He interviewed Donald Hall over the course of several years and considered him a mentor.