Robert Hass, former US poet laureate, wins $100,000 lifetime achievement award

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FILE - In a Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 file photo, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass poses on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, Calif. The Academy of American Poets announced Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, that Hass had been given the Wallace Stevens award for "outstanding and proven mastery." The 73-year-old Hass is known for such collections as "Time and Materials" and "The Apple Trees at Olema." (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)


NEW YORK — Robert Hass, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, has received a $100,000 lifetime achievement award.

The Academy of American Poets announced Tuesday that Hass had been given the Wallace Stevens award for "outstanding and proven mastery." The 73-year-old Hass is known for such collections as "Time and Materials" and "The Apple Trees at Olema." Previous winners of the Stevens award include John Ashbery and Adrienne Rich.

Also Tuesday, the academy awarded a $25,000 fellowship to Tracy K. Smith, who in 2012 won the Pulitzer Prize for "Life On Mars."

The academy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934.

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