Mark Strand, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dead at 80

Strand was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 1990 and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999 for his collection "Blizzard of One."
By Karen Butler  |  Nov. 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Renowned poet Mark Strand has died of liposarcoma in New York at the age of 80.

His daughter Jessica Strand confirmed his Saturday death at her Brooklyn home to The New York Times.

Strand was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 1990 and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999 for his collection Blizzard of One.

His first poetry collection Sleeping with One Eye Open was published in 1964. He took a break from penning verse for several years and focused on writing short stories and children's books such as The Planet of Lost Things.

Strand had been living in Madrid, but was in the process of moving to Brooklyn when he died. He is survived by his partner, Maricruz Bilbao; his son, Thomas Strand; and his sister, Judith Major.

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