March 27, 1926
Who is Frank O'Hara? Bio and Background of Frank O'Hara
Frank O'Hara was born on March 27, 1926, in Maryland. He was an American poet and art critic. O'Hara attended Harvard University, where he studied music and poetry. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later moved to New York City. O'Hara became associated with the New York School of poets and artists, including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. He worked at the Museum of Modern Art, where he curated exhibitions and wrote catalog essays. O'Hara's poetry often incorporated elements of everyday life and popular culture. He was known for his spontaneous and conversational style, influenced by jazz and abstract expressionism. O'Hara's notable works include "Lunch Poems," "Meditations in an Emergency," and "The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara." Tragically, O'Hara died at the age of 40 in 1966, following a car accident on Fire Island, New York. His contributions to American poetry continue to be celebrated and studied today.