Donald Hall (1929-2018) is considered one of the major American poets of his generation. In 2006, he was named the fourteenth United States Poet Laureate. He has been awarded two Guggenheim fellowships, and in 2011 he received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. Hall spent his childhood summers with his grandparents on a farm in New Hampshire; decades later he bought the farm and settled there. In his poetry, he often explores the longing for a more bucolic past and a reverence for nature. Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) was the acclaimed illustrator of over one-hundred books. She won the Caldecott Medal twice, for Chanticleer and the Fox and for Ox-Cart Man. She loved both travel and research, and often combined the two in preparation for her books. She stated that her goal was to bring the past alive for children in glowing color as it really was, rather than in the sepia-toned photos that they usually saw. Her residence, when she passed away, was in Damariscotta, ME.