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Ernest Hilbert

Author's Bio

Ernest Hilbert’s debut collection Sixty Sonnets (2009) was described by X.J. Kennedy as “maybe the most arresting sequence we have had since John Berryman checked out of America.” His second collection, All of You on the Good Earth, published on March 1st, 2013, was described by Timothy Donnelly as "retrospective, forward-looking, tonic and toxic, All of You on the Good Earth is a wonder of a book, and Hilbert’s best yet." Hilbert supplies libretti and song texts for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa, as well as scripts for the post-punk conceptual band Mercury Radio Theater. His poems have appeared in several anthologies, including the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009), Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (2011), and two Penguin anthologies, Poetry: A Pocket Anthology and Literature: A Pocket Anthology (2011). He hosts the popular blog www.everseradio.com and works as an antiquarian book dealer in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, an archaeologist.

Publications and Prizes

All of You on the Good Earth (Red Hen Press, 2013), Sixty Sonnets (Red Hen Press, 2012)
Literature: A Pocket Anthology 5th edition (Penguin Academics, 2011), Poetry: A Pocket Anthology 7th edition (Penguin Academics, 2011), Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (Ohio University Press / Swallow Press, 2009)
32 Poems, 66: The Journal of Sonnet Studies, American Arts Quarterly, American Literary Review, American Poet, American Poetry Review, American Writing, Asheville Poetry Review, At Length, Barrow Street, BOMBlog, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Edinburgh Review, Fence, Georgetown Review, Horizon Review, Jacket, Jewish Quarterly, Linebreak, LIT, Literary Imagination, London Magazine, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Measure, Meridian, Midwest Poetry Review, New Criterion, New Orleans Review, New York Sun, Parnassus, Pleiades, Poetry East, Rattle, Southwest Review, The American Scholar, The Dark Horse, The Harvard Review Online, The New Formalist, The New Republic, Unpleasant Event Schedule, Verse, Volt, William & Mary Review, Yale Review

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Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
2666 by Roberto Bolano, Opera as Drama by Joseph Kerman, Survivors' Songs from Maldon to the Somme by Jon Stallworthy, Much Obliged, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, Loraine 1944, Patton vs. Manteuffel, Osprey Campaign Series by Steven J. Zaloga
Favorite Books:
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark, GUT Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson, The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson, Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Favorite Authors:
W.H. Auden, Robert Lowell, Philip Larkin, John Berryman, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Amy Clampitt, Jeanette Winterson, Hunter S. Thompson.

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Listing last updated: April 17, 2013

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