Robert Hass was born in San Francisco and attended St. Mary’s College. He received an MA and a PhD from Stanford University.
His poetry collections include The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems (2010); Time and Materials (2007), winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; Sun Under Wood: New Poems (1996), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Praise (1979), which won the William Carlos Williams Award.
Hass’s collections of essays and translations include: The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass (2014); What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World (2012), recipient of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay; and The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa (1995). He was the guest editor of Best American Poetry (2001).
Hass was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Wallace Stevens Award and was chosen as Educator of the Year by the North American Association on Environmental Education. In 2005, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Hass served as poet laureate of the United States (1995—1997) and as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (2001—2007). He lives in California with his wife, poet Brenda Hillman, and teaches at UC Berkeley.