by | Jan 18, 2019

Mark Strand ’57 self-portrait

From the pages of the student literary publication Antioch Magazine comes “Profile,” a self-portrait in pencil of the late great Mark Strand, class of 1957. Born in 1934, Strand entered Antioch College as a visual arts major, but a poetry course in his first year with Professor of Literature Nolan Miller put him on a path to becoming one of the most important poets of the 20th century. His stellar career included a term as Poet Laureate of the United States, an Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal, Fulbright and MacArthur Fellowships, and the Bobbitt, Bollingen, and Pulitzer Prizes, but it did not start out in promising fashion: as Strand recalled, his poetry was not good enough for his school’s literary magazine.

—Scott Sanders, archivist