William Meredith's Honors and Awards
William Meredith has received more than twenty five awards, grants, fellowships, and honorary degrees. Most recently he received the 1997 National Book Award for Poetry for Effort at Speech.
The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award: Love Letter From an Impossible Land was given this award in 1943 by Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish. This award honors the most outstanding verse that gives the fairest promise for the future of American poetry and provides a publishing medium for the work of young poets who have not yet secured wide public recognition. American writers under forty, who have not previously published a volume of poetry, are eligible.
The Harriet Monroe Poetry Award: Awarded in 1944 for poems published in Poetry magazine, this award recognizes a poet for notable achievement or distinguished promise and contributes to the advancement and encouragement of poetry.
The Oscar Blumenthal Prize: Received in 1953 in recognition of an outstanding poem or group of poems published in Poetry Magazine.
The Borestone Mountain Poetry Award: "The Wreck of the Thresher" won this award, which serves to retain some of the best original poetry published annually in the magazines of the English-speaking world, in 1964.
The Van Wyck Brooks Award: Received in 1971 for Earth Walk, this award is conferred by the University of Bridgeport for the best work of belles letters written by a Connecticut author during the previous year.
The International Vaptsarov Prize: Awarded in 1979 by the Bulgarian government, this award recognizes foreign artists for their merited artistic and social work which is imbued by the noble principles of the struggle for peace, by the pathos of humanism and social progress and is presented once every five years.
The Carl Sandburg Award: Given to the outstanding poet of the year by the International Platform Association. Meredith received this honor in 1979.
The Los Angeles Times Book Prize: Following the publication of Partial Accounts, Meredith received this award, which honors achievement in literature by recognizing writers who have demonstrated outstanding craftsmanship and vision.
The Pulitzer Prize: Awarded March 31, 1988 for Partial Accounts, this award recognizes outstanding performance in journalism, letters, music, and drama.
The National Book Award: Meredith received this award in 1997 for Effort at Speech. The National Book Awards honor American books of the highest literary merit, books which have earned a permanent place in world literature.
Dr. Claire L. Gaudiani '66, President of Connecticut College, presents the Connecticut College Medal to William Meredith.
Connecticut College Medal: The highest honor that the college can bestow was presented in 1996 in recognition of Meredith's scholarly and creative work as well as his service to the college over more than four decades.
William Meredith and Richard Harteis receive citizenship in Bulgaria for their work in the culture.
Honorary Bulgarian Citizenship: Meredith and Richard Harteis were made
honorary Bulgarian citizens by Presidential Decree in 1996 in recognition
of their efforts to make Bulgarian literature accessible in the United
Honorary Doctoral Degree: The American University in Bulgaria awarded Meredith an honorary doctoral Degree in May of 1998 in recognition of his contributions to the creative writing programs and libraries at the University.
Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement
in the Arts, presented
by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, May 2007
Riverrun, Meredith's home for 60 years is declared an historic landmark by the State of Connecticut, December, 2007. The William Meredith Foundation is incorporated as a 501(c)(3), and Riverrun becomes the William Meredith Center for the Arts.
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