Yvor Winters

1900–1968
Yvor Winters

Yvor Winters was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado (where he received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees), and Stanford University, where he earned a Ph.D. For two years he taught in coal-mining camp towns in New Mexico. He then taught at the University of Idaho and at Stanford University. He famously criticized the work of such writers as T.S. Eliot, arguing that art must act as “moral judgment.” He died of cancer in 1968.

What People are Saying

"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion