Mark Strand was the author of many books of poems, book of stories, and three volumes of translations. He was also the editor of a number of anthologies, including 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century. He received many honors and awards for his poems, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize (for Blizzard of One), the Bollingen Prize, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990 he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. He died in 2014.