Joseph Gastiger

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General Information

Name: Joseph Gastiger

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry



Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Gastiger has lived in DeKalb, Illinois since 1980.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joseph Gastiger grew up in Westbury, a working class town on Long Island, attended SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Iowa, and did graduate work at Colorado State University where he was part of a cohort that included poets Yusef Komunyakaa, William Michael Ryan, Jay P. White and John Bradley. He received a PhD from Northern Illinois University, where he subsequently taught writing and literature for a number of years, and was coordinator of its Honors Program. His poems have been printed in many journals and anthologies, including Princeton Arts Review, Sycamore Review, TriQuarterly, New Voices: Poetry and Fiction from Colorado State University, Benchmark: Anthology of Contemporary Illinois Poetry.

After earning his PhD and working for NIU’s Honors Program, he entered the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1998, graduating in 2000. He has been a pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb, Illinois since 2001.

Gastiger has been interviewed by Dan Klefstad, Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor of Northern Public Radio (WNIU/WNIJ/NIRIS) twice. The first time for the Summer 2014 Book Series. To access the June 13, 2014 interview, click here And again, on December 21, 2015 for the #WNIJReadWithME Winter Book Series. To access that interview, click here.

Published Works

Loose Talk: Poems, Lost Horse Press , 2012

If You So Desire: Poems, Lost Horse Press, 2014

Titles at Your Library

Loose Talk: Poems

ISBN: 0983997535
Release Date: 2012-03-15

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If You So Desire: Poems

ISBN: 0991146581
Release Date: 2014-12-05

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Joseph Gastiger on WorldCat


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