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Donald Hall: Online Resources

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist

Donald Hall
Donald Hall,
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2006-07

Courtesy Stephen Ratiner.

On June 14, 2006, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Donald Hall to be the Library’s 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. On making the appointment, Billington said, "Donald Hall is one of America’s most distinctive and respected literary figures. For more than 50 years, he has written beautiful poetry on a wide variety of subjects that are often distinctly American and conveyed with passion."

Hall served one term as poet laureate, finishing his duties in spring 2008. This guide compiles links to resources on Donald Hall throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on Hall’s life or selections of his work.


Library of Congress Web Site
   •Biographical Information
   •Press Releases
   •Audio and Video
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Donald Hall in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

Biographical Information

Biography of Donald Hall from the Poetry & Literature Center

Press Releases

Official press release announcing Donald Hall's appointment as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

Audio and Video


Poet and the Poem Audio Webcast, October 3, 2006 (Direct link; 57:58)

Podcast of Donald Hall speaking before the 2006 National Book Festival (18:38)

Donald Hall reads “Mount Kearsarge” (MP3; 00:46)


Poets Laureate Donald Hall and Andrew Motion, May 10, 2007 (1:04:39)

Donald Hall Opening the Literary Season October 3, 2006 (47:34)

Donald Hall at the 2006 National Book Festival (44:10)

Donald Hall at the 2005 National Book Festival (36:35)

Print Resources

Works by Donald Hall in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author headings:

Hall, Donald, 1928-
Hall, Donald, 1928- [from old catalog]

Works about Donald Hall, which include memoirs and poetry written by Hall himself, can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under the following subject headings:

Hall, Donald, 1928-
Hall, Donald, 1928- Authorship.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Criticism and interpretation.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Friends and associates.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Homes and haunts New Hampshire.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Interviews.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Marriage.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Marriage Poetry.
Hall, Donald, 1928- Musical settings.

Link disclaimerExternal Web Sites

Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets
A biography of Donald Hall, samples of his poetry and prose, and links to external resources.

Poetry Foundation
An article on Hall's life and possible plans as poet laureate. Includes selections of Hall’s poetry and prose, as well as audio recordings and podcasts featuring his work.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

Ask Donald Hall! (Apple Learning Interchange)
From April to June, 2007, Donald Hall responds via video to questions submitted by teenagers and educators.

The Christian Science Monitor
"Donald Hall: An Advocate for the Understanding of Poetry," April 17, 2007

Harvard Crimson
"For Poet Laureate, In Vino Veritas," June 30, 2006.

"Q&A: Meet the New Poet Laureate," June 16, 2006

Interview by David McDonald, from The American Poetry Review, 2002

The Atlantic Online
Conversation with Allan Reeder, from Atlantic Unbound, October 1, 1996.

The Christian Science Monitor
Excerpt from interview by Steven Ratiner, November 6, 1991.

The Paris Review
Interviewed by Peter A. Stitt, Issue 120, Fall 1991.

Audio Recordings

Radio and Television Programs

Two Former U.S. Poet Laureates, Billy Collins and Donald Hall (51:20)
The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, October 8, 2008

Donald Hall Reads His Poetry
A Prairie Home Companion, June 28, 2008

Poet Laureate: Donald Hall (29:01)
Prime Time Radio, October 17, 2006

Poet Laureate Donald Hall Reflects on Age and Nature (09:48)
Online NewsHour, October 16, 2006

U.S. Poetry's New Chief: Donald Hall (08:54)
All Thing Considered, NPR, June 14, 2006

New Poet Laureate Hails from New Hampshire (03:17)
Morning Edition, NPR, June 14, 2006

Donald Hall -- New U.S. Poet Laureate (30:00)
New Hampshire Public Radio
, June 14, 2006

Poet Donald Hall (21:16)
New Hampshire Public Radio, April 3, 2006

Donald Hall Reflects on His Life of Poetry (07:14)
Minnesota Public Radio, January 21, 2005

Donald Hall's Baseball Poetry (03:08)
Day to Day, NPR, October 28, 2004

Poet Donald Hall (31:45)
Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR, April 10, 2002

Donald Hall on his marriage to Jane Kenyon (11:31)
All Things Considered, NPR, April 19, 1998

Other Audio

Audio Interview with Donald Hall (41:39)
Wired for Books, 1990


The Kelly Writers House
April 16 and 17, 2007

ResearchChannel (28:30)
University of Virginia, February 2, 2007

UNH Authors’ Series: Donald Hall (28:34)
NH Outlook, July 29, 2005

ResearchChannel (30:00)
University of Virginia, November 11, 2003

Peoples Archive
Thirteen-part video series featuring Donald Hall discussing his life and work.

Donald Hall in the News

Google News search on Donald Hall

Blog entries on Donald Hall, via Technorati


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