American poet, author, and translator whose works include Hell in Harness and Sunrise Trumpets. He was appointed in 1937 as the first Poet Laureate of the United States; he held the position until 1941.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later lived in Florida. He published his debut poetry collection, Sunrise Trumpets, in 1924.
His writings form a special collection at the University of Miami.
He was married to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Audrey Wurdemann. The couple settled in Washington D.C.'s Cathedral Heights neighborhood.
He was a literary contemporary of English Poet Laureate John Masefield.