1922-01-22

Poet, dramatist, critic and longtime New Yorker poetry editor HOWARD MOSS was born in New York City. Moss was editor at the New Yorker from 1948 until his death in 1987. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1971 and the National Book Award in 1972 for “Selected Poems“. His last book of poems, “New Selected Poems” (1986) won the Lenore Marshall-National Prize for Poetry.
 
He is credited with discovering a number of major American poets, including Anne Sexton and Amy Clampitt. ”He was a tremendous force for poetry in this country,” said Galway Kinnell. Many prominent poets published their early work with Mr. Moss, including Kinnell, James Dickey, Anne Sexton, Theodore Roethke, Richard Wilbur, Sylvia Plath and Mark Strand.
 
W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman co-wrote a famously concise clerihew in Howard’s honor:
 
TO THE POETRY EDITOR OF THE NEW YORKER
Is Robert Lowell
Better than
Noel Coward,
Howard?