Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky, whose translation of Dante's Inferno received the Harold Morton Landon Prize in Translation, is a professor at Boston University. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. at Stanford and his B.A. at Rutgers. His teaching and research interests include poetry and poetry writing. His past professional posts include serving as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997-2000, and serving as poetry editor for Slate.


Volume 15

Guests on Volume 15: Jean Bethke Elshtain, on Democracy on Trial; Barry Alan Shain, on communalism in early American Protestantism; Christopher Wolfe, on the moral basis for strong local government; A. G. Mojtabai, on how contemporary novelists ignore religion; Robert Pinsky, on the challenges of translating Dante's Inferno; Suzanne Wolfe, on choosing books for children; Amy Waldman, on the ersatz community of TV shopping networks; Mark Crispin Miller, on the dehumanized feeling so common in modern advertising; Ted Prescott, on the Whitney Biennial, Bruce Nauman, and the "Mutant Materials" exhibit; and Edward Rothstein, on the inner meaning of music and mathematics.