Linda Pastan is an American poet of Jewish background. From 1991â€“1995 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. She is known for writing short poems that address topics like family life, domesticity, motherhood, the female experience, aging, death, loss and the fear of loss, as well as the fragility of life and relationships.
Pastan has published at least 12 books of poetry and a number of essays. Her awards include the Dylan Thomas Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, the Bess Hokin Prize, the 1986 Maurice English Poetry Award, the Charity Randall Citation of the International Poetry Forum, and the 2003 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. She also received the Radcliffe College Distinguished Alumnae Award.
Two of her collections of poems were nominated for the National Book Award and one for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
As of 2011, she lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband Ira Pastan, an accomplished physician and researcher.
She is also the mother of novelist Rachel Pastan