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

"With a $20,000 prize, I never imagined POL being this much fun. The competitions were more about meeting and talking with the other competitors, having a great time and enjoying the poetry. I also never knew I could find so much in myself just from reciting poems."
Elliot Davidson
2015 PA POL Champion