17 August 1973) was an American novelist and poet, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, and an autobiography. Named Poetry Consultant of the Library of Congress from 1950-1952, Conrad Aiken has earned numerous prestigious national writing awards, including a National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Gold Medal and the National Medal for Literature. Aiken was the first winner of the Poetry Society of America (PSA) Shelley Memorial Award in 1929. In 2009, The Library of America selected Aiken’s 1931 story “Mr. Arcularis” for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American Fantastic Tales.