Donald Hall was born in Connecticut in 1928 and today lives and works on his great-grandfather’s farm in New Hampshire. Across more than six decades and twenty books of poetry, Hall’s New England practicality, tenacious passion, and intellectual independence have marked a path for literature. His memoir Unpacking the Boxes was published on his eightieth birthday and is excerpted as “Gaudeamus Igitur” in our Archive. A noted essayist, children’s book author, and fiction writer, Hall is a US Poet Laureate. His most recent poetry collection is The Back Chamber (2011).