Who is C. K. Williams?

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The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2000, Charles Kenneth Williams (born 1936) is one of America's most acclaimed poets. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Williams graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959 before later establishing himself as a protest poet during the Richard Nixon administration. His first two books of poems were of a decidedly political and anti-war nature. An avowed liberal, Williams' later writings took aim at the George Bush administration and the war in Iraq. Williams is known for his unrhyming free verse, usually comprised of long lines that read like prose. Williams is also a well-known translator, particularly of modern versions of several Greek tragedies. His book of poetry, Repair (1999), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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