Karl Elder

Fiction Writer, Poet

Sheboygan, WI 53082-0359

Author's Bio


Earth as It Is in Heaven. Pebblebrook Press. Sheboygan. 2016. The Houdini Monologues. Word of Mouth Books. Sheboygan. 2010. (poems).
Gilgamesh at the Bellagio. The National Poetry Review Press. Aptos. 2007. (poems)
The Minimalist’s How-to Handbook. Parallel Press. Madison. 2005. (poems)
Mead: Twenty-six Abecedariums. Marsh River Editions. Marshfield. 2005. (poems)
The Geocryptogrammatist’s Pocket Compendium of the United States. R.S. Endowment Editions.
Plymouth. 2001. (poem)
A Man in Pieces. Prickly Pear Press. Austin. 1994. (poems)
What Is the Future of Poetry? Seems Press. Sheboygan. 1991. [third printing]. (Editor)
Phobophobia. Prickly Pear Press. Austin. 1987. [out of print]. (poems)
The Celibate. Prickly Pear Press. Austin. 1982. [out of print]. (poems)
Can't Dance an' It's Too Wet to Plow. Prickly Pear Press. Dallas. 1975 [out of print]. (poems)

Publications & Prizes


Journals: , ,
Carriage House Review
Poetry Daily
Triptych Quarterly Fiction
Verse Daily


Poetry Daily Essentials 2007 (Sourcebooks, 2007)
The Best American Poetry (Scribner, 2005)
The Pushcart Prize XXV (Pushcart Press, 2001)
The Best American Poetry (Scribner, 2000)
Gilgamesh at the Bellagio (National Poetry Review Press, 2007)
Mead: Twenty-six Abecedariums (Marsh River Editions, 2005)
The Minimalist's How-to Handbook (Parallel Press, 2005)
Journals: ,
Poetry Daily
Triptych Quarterly Fiction
Prizes won: 

The Christopher Latham Scholes Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers (2012)
The National Poetry Review Prize Book Series Runner-Up (2007).
Sabbatical to write “Gilgamesh at the Bellagio” (2006).
Posner Book Award Honorable Mention (2006).
The Chad Walsh Award for Poetry (2005).
The Lorine Niedecker Award for Poetry (2005).
Free Verse contest judged by Marilyn Taylor [first place] (2005).
Named Lakeland College Poet in Residence (2003).
Mikrokosmos Prize for Poetry (2002).
Pushcart Prize for Poetry (2001).
Lakeland College's Outstanding Teacher Award (1986).
Sabbatical to write Earth as It Is in Heaven, a novel in manuscript (1986).
Illinois Art Council Award for Poetry (1975).
Lucien Stryk Award for Poetry (1974).

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
White, White
Prefers to work with: 
Children, Children
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Leland, IL
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Last update: Aug 08, 2018