About Mark StrandMark Strand (April 11, 1934 – November 29, 2014) was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990. Mark Strand was recognized as one of the premier American poets of his generation as well as an accomplished editor, translator, and prose writer. He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University from 2005 until his death in 2014. Strand has received numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship in 1987 and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999 for Blizzard of One.