Pen Name: None
Born: 1948 in Chicago, Illinois
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.
- 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
SAVING LIVES: POEMS
Release Date: 2001-03-15
Many Circles: New and Selected Essays
Release Date: 2001-03-01
COMBINATIONS OF THE UNIVERSE
Release Date: 2003-01-03
To Be Read in 500 Years: Poems
Release Date: 2009-04-27
The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007
Release Date: 2009-04-27
Everyday People: Poems
Release Date: 2012-01-17
Release Date: 2015-05-05
The Adventures of Form and Content: Essays
Release Date: 2017-01-03
- 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
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