Dave Etter

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General Information

Name: Dave Etter

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: March 18, 1928 in Huntington Park, California

Died: July 10, 2015

Illinois Connection

Etter moved to Evanston, Illinois in 1958. He has resided in northern Illinois (Evanston, Geneva, Lily Lake, and Elburn) for over 50 years; currently residing in Lanark, Illinois in Carroll County.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dave Etter is known for using chronicling small-town Illinois life his poems. He was the editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1964-1973 and of the Northern Illinois Press from 1974-1980. Contributor to more than 90 anthologies and textbooks. His poems have been published in eight foreign countriesand translated into German, Polish, and Japanese.

Published Works

  • Go Read the River, University of Nebraska Press, 1966
  • The Last Train to Prophetstown, 1968
  • Strawberries, Cross Roads Press, 1970
  • Crabtree's Woman, BkMk Press, 1972
  • Well You Needn't, Raindust Press, 1975
  • Bright Mississippi, Juniper Press, 1975
  • Central Standard Time: New and Selected Poems, BkMk Press, 1978
  • Alliance, Illinois, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1983
  • Open to the Wind, Uzzano, 1978
  • Riding the Rock Island through Kansas, Wolfsong Press, 1979
  • Cornfields, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1980
  • West of Chicago, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1981
  • Boondocks, Uzzano, 1982
  • Home State, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1985
  • Live at the Silver Dollar, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1986
  • Selected Poems, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1987
  • Midlanders, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1988
  • Electric Avenue, Cross Roads Press, 1988
  • Carnival, Cross Roads Press, 1990
  • Sunflower County, Cross Roads Press, 1994
  • I Want to Talk About You, Cross Roads Press, 1995
  • How High the Moon, Wolfsong Publishing, 1996
  • Next Time You See Me, Wolfsong Publishing, 1997
  • The Essential Dave Etter, Spoon River Poetry Press, 2001
  • Greatest Hits, Pudding House Publications, 2002
  • Looking for Sheena Easton, Spoon River Poetry Press, 2004

Titles at Your Library

The Last Train to Prophetstown

ASIN: B002F871RK
Release Date: 1968


ISBN: 9995404486
Release Date: 1984-06

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Crabtree's woman

ASIN: B0006E7M10
Release Date: 1972

Bright Mississippi

ISBN: 0686618963
Release Date: 1979-06

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Central standard time: New and selected poems

Release Date: 1978

Alliance, Illinois

ISBN: 0810122138
Release Date: 2005-02-28

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ISBN: 0933180187
Release Date: 1980-12

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West of Chicago

ISBN: 0933180276
Release Date: 1981-06

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ISBN: 0930600150
Release Date: 1982-06

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Home State: A Prose Poem

ISBN: 0933180640
Release Date: 1985-03

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Selected Poems

ISBN: 0933180918
Release Date: 1987-04

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ISBN: 0944024076
Release Date: 1988-10

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ISBN: 094402419X
Release Date: 1990-08

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I Want To Talk About You

Release Date: 1995

How High the Moon

ISBN: 0944024297
Release Date: 1996

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Next Time You See Me

ISBN: 189172505X
Release Date: 1997-01-01

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The Essential Dave Etter

ISBN: 0944024408
Release Date: 2001

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Greatest hits, 1960-2000 (Greatest hits series)

ISBN: 1589980034
Release Date: 2002

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Looking for Sheena Easton

ISBN: 0944024483
Release Date: 2004-02

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Literary Awards

  • Society of Midland Authors poetry prize - 1967
  • Friends of Literature - 1967
  • Illinois Sesquicentennial Poetry Award - 1968
  • Chicagoland Magazine Prize - 1968
  • Theodore Roethke prize (Poetry Northwest) - 1973
  • Carl Sandburg poetry prize - 1982

  • Etter was honored at the Illinois Center for the Book's 1995 & 1996 Illinois Authors Book Fairs hosted at the Illinois State Library.

External Links

Dave Etter on WorldCat


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