Albert Goldbarth

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General Information

Name: Albert Goldbarth

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry

Born: 1948 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Born and raised in Chicago, Goldbarth received his BA from the University of Illinois in 1969.

Biographical and Professional Information

Albert Goldbarth received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle campus in 1969, his master of fine arts from the University of Iowa in 1971, and completed a year of classes toward a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Utah.

He taught at the Elgin Community College in Chicago until 1972 and as a coordinator for the Traveling Writers Workshop for public schools in the Chicago area. Goldbarth left Utah early to pursue a teaching career and worked briefly at Cornell and Syracuse Universities before moving to the University of Texas, Austin, where he taught from 1977 to 1987. He has also taught in the Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Converse College and has been a National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellow.

Goldbarth has published more than 25 collections of poetry and has received numerous awards, including the Poetry Northwest Theodore Roethke Prize, the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry - being the only poet to receive the honor twice, the Ohio State University/The Journal Award, and was nominated for the National Book Award. He also won the Mark Twain Award for Humorous Poetry, awarded by the Poetry Foundation, in 2008.

Since 1987, he has lived in Wichita, where he is the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University.

Published Works

  • Jan 31, Doubleday, 1974
  • Who Gathered and Whispered Behind Me, L'Epervier Press , 1990
  • Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology, University of Georgia Press, 1991
  • Great Topics of the World: Essays, Picador, 1996
  • Dark Waves and Light Matter: Essays, University of Georgia Press, 1999,
  • Saving Lives: Poems, Ohio State Press, 2001
  • Many Circles, Greywolf Press, 2001
  • Combinations of the Universe, Ohio State Press, 2003
  • To Be Read in 500 Years: Poems, Greywolf Press, 2009
  • The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007, Greywolf Press, 2009
  • Everyday People: Poems, Graywolf Press, 2012
  • Selfish: Poems, Graywolf Press, 2015
  • The Adventures of Form and Content: Essays, Graywolf Press, 2017

Titles at Your Library


ISBN: 0814250734
Release Date: 2001-03-15

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Many Circles: New and Selected Essays

ISBN: 1555973213
Release Date: 2001-03-01

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ISBN: 0814209254
Release Date: 2003-01-03

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To Be Read in 500 Years: Poems

ISBN: 1555975259
Release Date: 2009-04-27

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The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007

ISBN: 1555975267
Release Date: 2009-04-27

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Everyday People: Poems

ISBN: 1555976034
Release Date: 2012-01-17

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Selfish: Poems

ISBN: 1555977081
Release Date: 2015-05-05

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The Adventures of Form and Content: Essays

ISBN: 1555977618
Release Date: 2017-01-03

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Literary Awards

  • National Book Critics Circle Award, 1991 and 2001 - Goldbarth is the only poet to ever receive the honor twice.
  • Mark Twain Award for Humorous Poetry, Poetry Foundation, 2008
  • Don Coldsmith Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, 2011

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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