Richard Howard is a distinguished American poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator. After reading French letters at the Sorbonne in 1952-53, Howard had a brief early career as a lexicographer. He soon turned his attention to poetry and poetic criticism, and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his 1969 collection “Untitled Subjects”.
He was awarded the PEN Translation Prize in 1976 for his translation of E. M. Cioran’s “A Short History of Decay” and the American Book Award for his 1983 translation of Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs du Mal”. Howard was a long-time poetry editor of “The Paris Review” and is currently poetry editor of “The Western Humanities Review”. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, he is Professor of Practice in the writing program at Columbia’s School of the Arts.