American-born poet Louise Glück won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature.
Glück becomes only the fourth woman to win the prize for literature since 2010, and the 16th since the Nobel prizes were first awarded in 1901. (And possibly the first Vermont poet laureate to win the Nobel Prize? She held that title from 1994 to 1998!)
On August 20, 2000, Glück read her poems for nearly forty minutes during the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, held every summer in Ripton, Vermont. (In fact, Glück visited Bread Loaf nearly ten times over the last 25 years.)
Here are just two of the poems she read that day.