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Samuel John Hazo

Samuel John Hazo is a Lebanese American poet, playwright, and novelist.

He was born on July 19th, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is of Lebanese descent. Hazo is a passionate literary contributor to the poetry community. He has also been a McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University for forty-three years. Some of his works include, The Holy Surprise of Right Now, Thank a Bored Angel, They Sail, and Spying for God.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts from Duquesne University.

Throughout his career, Hazo has received the 1986 Hazlett Award for Excellence in Literature, the 1987 Forbes Medal for Outstanding Cultural Contributions to Western Pennsylvania, the 1995 Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts Cultural Award, and the Elizabeth Kray Award for Outstanding Service to Poetry from New York University. In 2003, Hazo received the Maurice English Poetry Award for his collection of poems, Just Once.


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