1927 – Born in Rochester, New York on the 28th of July.
1949 – He was graduated from Harvard College where he was a member of the Harvard Advocate, the university’s literary magazine, and the Signet Society.
1951 – Ashbery went on to study briefly at New York University, and received an M.A. from Columbia.
1950 – He received a Fulbright Fellowship.
1956 – Ashbery’s long list of awards began with the Yale Younger Poets Prize.
1963 – Ashbery became acquainted with Andy Warhol at a scheduled poetry reading at the Literary Theatre in New York.
1965 – Ashbery returned to New York nearing and was welcomed with a large party at the Factory, and also became close friends with poet Gerard Malanga, who was also Warhol’s assistant, on whom he had an important influence as a poet.
1970 – Ashbery began teaching at Brooklyn College.
1976 – He began a stint as an editor at Partisan Review.
1980 – He moved to Bard College, where he is the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr., Professor of Languages and Literature.
2001 – He was the poet laureate of New York state, and also served for many years as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.