Stanley Plumly

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Stanley Plumly
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Plumly in 2013
Born(1939-05-23)May 23, 1939
Barnesville, Ohio, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 2019(2019-04-11) (aged 79)
Frederick, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater Wilmington College
Ohio University

Stanley Plumly (May 23, 1939 – April 11, 2019) [1] was an American poet and the director of University of Maryland, College Park's creative writing program.

Poet person who writes and publishes poetry

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University of Maryland, College Park public research university in the city of College Park in Prince Georges County, Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university in College Park, Maryland. Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, and is the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 123 countries, and a global alumni network of over 360,000. Its twelve schools and colleges together offer over 200 degree-granting programs, including 92 undergraduate majors, 107 master's programs, and 83 doctoral programs. UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference.


Plumly grew up in Ohio and Virginia and was educated at Wilmington College in Ohio and at Ohio University. He taught for a number of years at Ohio University, where he helped found the Ohio Review. He taught the writing program at the University of Maryland. [2]

Plumly died of multiple myeloma on April 11, 2019 in Frederick, Maryland, at the age of 79. [3]

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Frederick, Maryland City in Maryland, United States

Frederick is a city in, and the county seat of, Frederick County in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is part of the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area. Frederick has long been an important crossroads, located at the intersection of a major north–south Indian trail and east–west routes to the Chesapeake Bay, both at Baltimore and what became Washington, D.C. and across the Appalachian mountains to the Ohio River watershed. It is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area. The city's population was 65,239 people at the 2010 United States Census, making it the second-largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind Baltimore. Frederick is home to Frederick Municipal Airport, which accommodates general aviation, and to the county's largest employer U.S. Army's Fort Detrick bioscience/communications research installation.




  • Plumly, Stanley (1970). In the outer dark : poems. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP.
  • How the Plains Indians Got Horses (Best Cellar Press, 1973)
  • Giraffe (Louisiana Press, 1974)
  • Out-of-the-Body Travel (Ecco/Viking, 1977)
  • Summer Celestial (Ecco/Norton, 1983)
  • Plumly, Stanley (1989). Boy on the Step. New York: Ecco/Norton. ISBN   0-88001-228-5.
  • Plumly, Stanley (1997). The Marriage in the Trees. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press. ISBN   0-88001-487-3.
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List of poems

TitleYearFirst publishedReprinted/collected
Brownfields2013Plumly, Stanley (June 10–17, 2013). "Brownfields". The New Yorker. 89 (17): 82–83.

As editor




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  1. "Stanley Plumly". Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  2. Stuart Friebert, David Young, eds. (1989). The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2 ed.). Longman. p. 431. ISBN   978-0-8013-0046-2.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  3. Schudel, Matt (April 13, 2019). "Stanley Plumly, Maryland poet laureate who wrote of nature and memory, dies at 79". San Francisco Chronicle . The Washington Post . Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  4. The Associated Press, September 29, 2009
  5. Brittany Borghi, "Stanley Plumly receives Truman Capote Award", Iowa Now, July 1, 2015.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2010-01-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)