“Robert Hass is gifted with a probing intellect, a drive to get to the root of whatever question he has raised, as well as a confiding intimacy of address. His writing achieves the specific gravity that comes when close attention is followed by contemplation.”

Sven Birkerts, Robert Gottlieb, and Mark Kramer, PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award judges’ citation for Robert Hass’ What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World

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“Hass [is] a philosophically attentive observer, deep thinker, and writer who dazzles and rousts.”

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Robert Hass

Robert Hass has served as United States Poet Laureate and as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He has published many books of poetry, including Time and Materials, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award. Awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award (twice), and the Yale Younger Poets Prize, Hass is co-founder of River of Words, an environmental education program for children, and a professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley.