The Postal Service issued a 37-cent, Robert Penn Warren commemorative stamp on April 22, 2005, in Guthrie, Kentucky. Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California designed the stamp. Sennett Security Products manufactured 45 million stamps in the gravure process.
With this the twenty-first stamp in the Literary Arts Series, the Postal Service honors poet, novelist, and educator Robert Penn Warren on the centennial of his birth. This distinguished man of letters was America's first official poet laureate (1986-87) and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. He received two prizes for poetry and one prize for fiction.
Artist Will Wilson of San Francisco, California, based his portrait of Warren on a 1948 photograph obtained from the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at Western Kentucky University. The background art recalls scenes from Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "All the King's Men" and from the Academy Award-winning film inspired by the book.
Postal Bulletin (March 17, 2005).