Glenn W. Dresbach

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General Information

Name: Glenn W. Dresbach

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry

Born: 1889 in Lanark, Illinois

Died: 1968 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Illinois Connection

Dresbach was born and raised in Lanark. He returned to the family farm later in his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Glenn Ward Dresbach was born and raised in Lanark, Illinois. He graduated from Lanark High School and the University of Wisconsin, where he served as editor of Wisconsin Magazine and won a national intercollegiate award for poetry.

Soon after graduating from college, Dresbach began a long career of accounting and finance with the Panama Railroad, the Phelps-Dodge Corporation of Tyrone, New Mexico, the Payton Packing Company in El Paso, Texas, Mandell Brothers Department Store in Chicago and the Bank of Eureka Springs. During this time, he also enlisted and served with the US Army in the First World War. After his service, he returned to New Mexico, moved to Texas and then Chicago with his different jobs.

After returning to his old home at Lanark, Illinois, Dresbach devoted his time to poetry. In all, Dresbach published eleven books of poetry. His poetry appeared in more than 200 anthologies and textbooks. His poetry was published in dozens of magazines and journals, such as Atlantic Monthly, American Mercury, and the Christian Science Monitor. He wrote the Foreword to the volume, Illinois Poets and more than forty of his poems appeared in Poetry, one of the most prestigious poetry journals in America.

Published Works

  • The Road to Everywhere, Print on Demand, 1901
  • In Colors of the West, Nabu Press (Reprint from 1922), 2011
  • Morning, Noon and Night, Nabu Press (Reprint from 1923), 2010
  • The Enchanted Mesa and other Poems, Holt, 1924
  • Cliff Dwellings and Other Poems, Harold Vinal, 1926
  • This Side of Avalon, Harold Vinal, 1928
  • Star Dust and Stone, P.L. Turner, 1928
  • The Wind in the Cedars, Holt, 1930
  • Selected Poems, Holt, 1931

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Road to Everywhere

Release Date: 1901-01-01

The enchanted mesa, and other poems

ASIN: B0008677ES
Release Date: 1924

This side of Avalon (The Friendly books)

Release Date: 1928

The wind in the cedars,: By Glenn Ward Dresbach

ASIN: B00085Y5Q2
Release Date: 1930

Literary Awards

During his career, Dresbach received more than 100 honors and awards, including the:

  • George Sterling Memorial Prize
  • American Literary Association Prize
  • Poetry World Prize
  • Hamlin Garland Prize
  • United States Poet Laureate International

Dresbach and his second wife were honored with a gold medal distinguishing them as “Outstanding Literary Couple” by President Diosdado Macapagal of the Philippines in 1965.

External Links

Glenn W. Dresbach on WorldCat

Glenn W. Dresbach on Amazon


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