Reginald Gibbons

Poet, Fiction Writer

English Dept., University Hall 215 1897 Sheridan Rd., Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 
847-467-1066
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Author's Bio

Reginald Gibbons' eleventh book of poems is forthcoming in 2021 from Four Way Books.  His ten published full-length volumes of poetry include his LAST LAKE (2016) and also CREATURES OF A DAY (Finalist for the National Book Award).  He has also published two chapbooks, a novel, two collections of short fiction (most recently, AN ORCHARD IN THE STREET, BOA Editions 2017), numerous translations and edited books, and a book about poetry, HOW POEMS THINK (Chicago 2015).  His translations include Sophocles, SELECTED POEMS: ODES AND FRAGMENTS, and (with co-translator Charles Segal) Sophocles' ANTIGONE and Euripides' BAKKHAI, as well as translations of Spanish and Mexican poets.  His translations of selected poems of Boris Pasternak (with co-translator Ilya Kutik) are forthcoming.  He teaches at Northwestern University, where he is a Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities, and for many years also taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  He is currently the director of the Litowitz Creative Writing Graduate Program at Northwestern.  See reginaldgibbons.com and also https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/reginald-gibbons 

Publications & Prizes

Fiction

Books:
An Orchard in the Street (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2017)
,
Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
,
Sweetbitter (Louisiana State University Press, 2003)
,
It's Time (Louisiana State University Press, 2002)
,
New Writing from Mexico (Northwestern University Press, 1992)
,
From South Africa: New Writing, Photographs and Art (University of Chicago Press, 1986)
,
The Writer in Our World (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985)

Poetry

Books:
Last Lake (University of Chicago Press, 2016)
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Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories (University of Chicago Press, 2010)
,
Euripides, Bacchae (co-translated with Charles Segal, Complete Euripides IV (Oxford University Press, 2009)
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Creatures of a Day (Louisiana State University Press, 2008)
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Sophocles, Selected Poems (translation) (Princeton University Press, 2008)
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Antigone (co-translated with Charles Segal) (Oxford University Press, 2002)
,
Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda (Sheep Meadow Press, 2002)
,
Homage to Longshot O'Leary (Holy Cow! Press, 1999)
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Sparrow (Louisiana State University Press, 1997)
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Maybe It Was So (University of Chicago Press, 1991)
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The Poet's Work (University of Chicago Press, 1989)
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Saints (Persea, 1986)
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The Ruined Motel (Houghton Mifflin, 1981)
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Guillen on Guillen: The Poetry and the Poet (Princeton University Press, 1979)
Journal:
Poetry Magazine
Prizes won: 

* Finalist, 2008 National Book Award in poetry * O. B. Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2004 * Fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts * Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (for SWEETBITTER), Texas Institute of Letters prizes for best novel (SWEETBITTER), best book of poems (IT'S TIME), best book of translation (SOPHOCLES, SELECTED POEMS: ODES AND FRAGMENTS), Best American Poetry, and others.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
Spanish
Born in: 
Houston, TX
Texas
Raised in: 
Houston, TX
Texas
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Last update: Aug 22, 2019