Michael J. Astrue life and biography

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Michael J. Astrue biography

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Date of death : -
Birthplace : United States
Nationality : American
Category : Politics
Last modified : 2011-05-17
Credited as : Lawyer and poet, A. M. Juster, Obama administration

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Michael James Astrue (born 1956) is an American lawyer and, under the pen name A. M. Juster, a poet and critic. He has served as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration since 2007.

Astrue claims as his professional mentors C. Boyden Gray and Kenneth J. Novack. Covertly, Astrue writes formalist poetry, publishing under the pseudonym A. M. Juster.

In the June/July 2010 issue of First Things magazine, Astrue was profiled by poet Paul Mariani, who revealed him as the personage behind the pseudonym and anagram A. M. Juster, the poet and translator associated with New Formalism.

As Juster, Astrue has published a book of Petrarch translations, a translation of The Satires of Horace (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) , Longing for Laura (Birch Brook Press, 2001), and a book of original poetry, The Secret Language of Women (University of Evansville 2003). Juster was also the first moderator for Eratosphere, the largest on-line site for formal poetry.

Author of books:

Longing for Laura (2001, poetry, as A. M. Juster)
The Secret Language of Women (2003, poetry, as A. M. Juster)
The Satires of Horace (2008, translation of Petrarch, as A. M. Juster)


Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award three times, most recently in 2008.
2002 Richard Wilbur Award, for The Secret Language of Women selected by Rachel Hadas

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