Frank Ohara

Frank  Ohara

Frank O'Hara, one of the most important postwar American poets, was born in Grafton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard in 1950. O'Hara relocated to New York after receiving his MA from Michigan in 1951, when he began working for the Museum of Modern Art and writing for Art News. By 1960, he had been promoted to MOMA's Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture Exhibits. He is regarded an initial member of the New York School, alongside John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, and Barbara Guest. Despite the fact that O'Hara died in a horrific accident in 1966, recent references to him in TV shows like Mad Men and Thurston Moore's new single demonstrate our culture's ongoing obsession with this brilliant poet.