Stanley Plumly

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Stanley Plumly (born May 23, 1939[1] Barnesville, Ohio) is an American poet, who is professor of English and director of University of Maryland, College Park's creative writing program.

"This poet hymns unlikely things, finding beauty and grace where they were overlooked, so that a frightful contraption like an iron lung can become a miraculous vehicle for 'out-of-the-body travel', the major metaphor as well as the tile ot Plumly's finest collection (1977). In the same way, wildflowers we may have scarely noticed, like meadow-rue and peppergrass, are shown to have the same kind of unlikely and stirring beauty. Stirring, perhaps, because unlikely, rescued from a modest oblivion to enhance our sense of life.

Stanley Plumly grew up in Ohio and Virginia and was educated at Wilmington College in Ohio and at Ohio University. He taught for a number of years at Ohio University, where he helped found the Ohio Review, and he has been a visiting writer at a number of other institutions, including Iowa, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Washington. At present, he teaches in the writing program at the University of Maryland."[2]



His parents, Herman and Esther Plumly, lived in rural Ohio and Virginia. [3]


He graduated from Wilmington College (Ohio), and from Ohio University with his M.A. and Ph D. in 1968.




Periodicals and Anthologies

Plumley's work has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Paris Review, among others. His poems and essays have been selected for 40 anthologies, including From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright (2008).


In 2009, Plumly was named Poet Laureate for the State of Maryland by Governor Martin O'Malley. [4]



External links


  1. ^ "Stanley Plumly". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Stuart Friebert, David Young, ed. (1989). The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2 ed.). Longman. p. 431. ISBN 978-0-8013-0046-2. 
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  4. ^ The Associated Press, September 29, 2009
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