1919 Born January 9 in New York City to William Morris and Nelly Atkin (Keyser) Meredith. Sister Katherine born 1917.
1936 Graduation from the Lenox School, Lenox, Massachusetts.
1940 Graduation from Princeton University with an A.B. in English, Magna Cum Laude. Wrote senior thesis on Robert Frost. Met friend and future Connecticut College president Charles Shain.
1940-41 Copy boy and later reporter for The New York Times
1941-42 U.S. Army Air Force
1942-46 U.S. Navy as a carrier pilot; achieved rank of lieutenant. Served in the Aleutian Islands and Pacific Theater.
1944 Love Letter From an Impossible Land chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award by Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish. Published by Yale University Press, with an introduction by MacLeish.
1944 Harriet Monroe Prize for poetry published in Poetry magazine.
1946-52 U.S. Navy Reserves.
1946-50 Instructor in English, Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Writing, and Resident Fellow in Creative Writing, Princeton University.
1948 Ships and Other Figures; Princeton University Press.
1948 Rockefeller grant for criticism.
1949 Met friend and artist Robert Drew.
1950-51 Associate professor of English, University of Hawaii at Honolulu.
1952-54 U.S. Navy pilot in Korean War. Achieved rank of Lieutenant Commander and was awarded two Air Medals.
1953 Oscar Blumenthal Prize for poems published in Poetry magazine.
1955-65 Associate Professor of English, Connecticut College.
1955-56 Opera Critic for The Hudson Review.
1956 Hudson Review Fellowship for poetry.
1958 The Open Sea and Other Poems; Alfred A. Knopf.
1958-62 Instructor, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College
1958 Libretto for opera The Bottle Imp, with music by Peter Whiton. Produced by Wilton Players, Wilton, CT.
1958 National Institute of Arts and Letters grant for literature.
1959-60 Ford Foundation Fellowship for Drama. Worked with Robert Lowell to study and improve the language of libretti
1962 Editor and Compiler, Laurel Poetry Series: Shelley, General Editor Richard Wilbur; Dell Publishing Company.
1963 The Wreck of the Thresher and Other Poems; Alfred A. Knopf.
1963-65 Served on Connecticut Commission of the Arts.
1964 Elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets
1964 First Prize in the Borestone Mountain Poetry Awards for "The Wreck of the Thresher."
1964 Translation of Apollinaire's Alcools; Doubleday and Company.
1964-71 Instructor, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference
1964-68 Founded Upward Bound Program at Connecticut College.
1965-83 Professor of English, Connecticut College.
1965 Resident Fellow in Creative Writing, Princeton University.
1966 Loines Prize from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
1968 Hudson Review Fellowship.
1968 Rockefeller grant for poetry.
1968 The Laurel Poetry Series: Seventeenth Century Minor English Poets, Co-edited with Mackie Jarrell, General Editor Richard Wilbur; Dell Publishing Company.
1970 Earth Walk: New And Selected Poems; Alfred A. Knopf.
William Meredith and Richard Harteis at their home in Uncasville, Connecticut.
1971 Van Wyck Brooks Award.
1971 Met Richard Harteis at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.
1972 National Endowment for the Arts grant.
1972 Honorary Doctoral Degree, Carnegie-Mellon University.
1975-76 Guggenheim Fellowship.
1975-76 Secretary, National Institute of Arts and letters.
1975 Hazard, The Painter; Alfred A. Knopf.
1978-80 Poetry Consultant, Library of Congress
1979 International Vaptsarov Prize for Literature.
1979 Carl Sandburg Award for Outstanding Poet of the Year.
1980 Effort At Speech; Bilingual English and Bulgarian Collection, Orpheus House.
1980 The Cheer; Alfred A. Knopf.
1984 National Endowment for the Arts Senior Fellowship in recognition of life's work.
1987 Partial Accounts:New And Selected Poems, Alfred A. Knopf.
1987 Los Angeles Times Book Award.
1988 Pulitzer Prize on March 8 for Partial Accounts: New And Selected Poems.
1988 Honorary doctoral degree from Connecticut College.
1996 Connecticut College Medal.
1996 Creation of William Meredith Endowed Professorship; Connecticut College.
1996 Granted honorary Bulgarian citizenship, with Richard Harteis, by decree of President Zhelev.
1997 Effort at Speech, TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press.
1997 National Book Award on November 13 for Effort at Speech
1998 Honorary doctoral degree from The American University in Bulgaria.
1998 The White Island; Sofia, E. Niagolova.