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John Meade Haines (June 29, 1924 – March 2, 2011) was an American poet and educator who had served as the poet laureate of Alaska.


Early lifeEdit

Haines was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He later moved to Washington, DC where he attended St. John's College High School, the National Art School, and American University. From 1950 to 1952 he studied at Hans Hoffman's School of Fine Arts in New York before moving to Alaska where he homesteaded from 1954 to 1969.[1]


Haines published nine collections of poetry and numerous works of nonfiction, including his acclaimed Alaskan book The Stars, the Snow, the Fire: Twenty-Five Years in the Alaska Wilderness. Haines was twice the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was appointed the Poet Laureate of Alaska in 1969.[2] A collection of critical essays about his poetry, The Wilderness of Vision, was published in 1998.[3] Haines taught graduate level and honors English classes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He died in Fairbanks, Alaska.[4][5] Tributes to John Haines by the author and literary critic John A. Murray were published in The Bloomsbury Review, July–August 2011 and The Sewanee Review, Winter 2012. Murray also conducted a lengthy interview with John Haines in The Bloomsbury Review, July–August 2004. There are lengthy discussions of John Haines in Murray's book Abbey in America: A Philosopher's Legacy in a New Century (University of New Mexico Press, Jun 15, 2015) in the essay 'The Age of Abbey' and in the Afterword.



  • A Place on Earth: An Anthology of Nature Writing from Australia and North America. 2004. Edited by Mark Tredinnick.
  • The Best American Poetry 1999. Edited by David Lehman.
  • A Republic of Rivers: Three Centuries of Nature Writing from Alaska and the Yukon. 1990. Edited by John A. Murray.
  • Inroads: An Anthology Celebrating Alaska's Twenty-seven Fellowship Writers. 1988. Edited by Elyse Guttenberg and Jean Anderson.
  • Poetry of the Committed Individual. 1973. Edited by Jon Silkin.



  1. ^ Heyen, William, ed. (1976). American Poets in 1976. Bobbs- Merrill.
  2. ^ "Alaska – State Poet Laureate". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  3. ^ Walzer, Kevin; Bezner, Kevin, eds. (May 1996). The Wilderness of Vision: On the Poetry of John Haines. Story Line Press. ISBN 978-1-885266-22-4.
  4. ^ Smetzer, Mary Beth (March 2, 2011). "Former Alaska poet laureate John Haines dies". Fairbanks Daily News. Archived from the original on April 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  5. ^ Martin, Douglas (March 5, 2011). "John Haines, a Poet of the Wild, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-05.

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