American poet and U.S. Poet Laureate who won the Pulitzer Prize for Delights and Shadows. His other notable works include Flying at Night and One World at a Time.
He studied at Iowa State University and at the University of Nebraska. He published his first poetry collection, Official Entry Blank, in 1969.
Many of his poetry collections, including Grass County and The Blizzard Voices, focus on the Great Plains region of the United States.
He married newspaper editor Kathleen Rutledge.
He and fellow poet Wallace Stevens both held day jobs in the insurance industry.