Reginald Gibbons

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General Information

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Name: Reginald Gibbons

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction, Poetry

Born: January 7, 1947 in Houston, Texas

Website: www.english.northwestern.edu/people/gibbons.html

Email: rgibbons@northwestern.edu


Photo Credit: Marc Hauser

Illinois Connection

Reginald has lived in Evanston, Illinois, since 1981.

Biographical and Professional Information

Reginald Gibbons is a poet, translator, fiction writer, essayist and editor. He was born in Houston, Texas and grew up there, studied at Princeton University (BA in Spanish and Portuguese) and at Stanford University (MA in English and Creative Writing and PhD in Comparative Literature). From 1981 to 1997 he was the editor of TriQuarterly magazine at Northwestern University, where he also founded TriQuarterly Books (later an imprint of Northwestern University Press) and published special issues of TriQuarterly containing new writing from Chicago, Poland, Spain, South Africa and Mexico.

Since 1981 he has taught writing and literature courses at Northwestern, where he is a professor in the Departments of English and Classics. He founded the MA/MFA in Creative Writing at Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies. In 1989, he co-founded the Guild Complex, a not-for-profit literary center in Chicago, in 1989, and since 1984 he has also taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His literary honors include the O. B. Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize (awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2004) and a Guggenheim Fellowship; his collection of poems Creatures of a Day was a Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award.

Gibbons has edited and translated several books. His edited works include: The writer in our World, The Poets Work, New Writing From Mexico and Goyen: Autobriographical Essays, Notebooks, Evocations, Interviews. He also edited Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem with Terrance Des Pres. His translations include: Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda, Bakkhai by Euripides - with Charles Segal, Antigone by Sphocles - also with Charles Segal and Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments by Sophocles.

Published Works

  • Roofs Voices Roads, 1979
  • The Ruined Motel, 1981
  • Saints, 1986
  • Five Pears or Peaches: Stories, Broken Moon Press, 1991
  • Maybe It Was So, University of Chicago Press, 1991
  • William Goyen: A Study of the Short Fiction, Twayne/ G. K. Hall, 1991
  • Sweetbitter, Louisiana State University Press, 1995 - reprinted in 2003
  • Sparrow: New and Selected Poems, Louisiana State University Press, 1997
  • Homage to Longshot O'Leary, Holy Cow! Press, 1999
  • It's Time: Poems , Louisiana State University Press, 2002
  • In the Warhouse, Fractal Edge Press , 2004
  • Fern-texts, Hollyridge Press , 2005
  • Creatures of a Day, Louisiana State University Press, 2008
  • Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories, University of Chicago Press, 2010
  • Desde una barca de papel" (bilingual edition with translations into Spanish), Littera Libros (Spain), 2010

Titles at Your Library

The Ruined Motel: Poems

ISBN: 039531660X
Release Date: 1981-09

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Saints (The National poetry series)

ISBN: 0892551062
Release Date: 1986-08

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Five Pears or Peaches

ISBN: 0913089230
Release Date: 1991-06

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William Goyen: A Study of the Short Fiction (Twayne's Studies in Short Fiction)

ISBN: 0805783083
Release Date: 1991-01

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Building Playgrounds, Engaging Communities: Creating Safe and Happy Places for Children (Voices of the South)

ISBN: 0807128716
Release Date: 2003-02-01

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Homage to Longshot O'Leary

ISBN: 0930100859
Release Date: 1998-10-01

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It's Time: Poems

ISBN: 0807128147
Release Date: 2002-08-01

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Fern-Texts (The Hollyridge Press Chapbook Series)

ISBN: 0977229831
Release Date: 2005-10-15

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Creatures of a Day: Poems

ISBN: 0807133183
Release Date: 2008-03-01

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Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories

ISBN: 0226290581
Release Date: 2010-05-15

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Literary Awards

  • National Book Award Finalist (poetry)2008 (Creatures of a Day)
  • O. B. Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize 2004 (from the Folger Shakespeare Library)
  • Balcones Poetry Prize 1998 (Sparrow: New and Selected Poems)
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award 1995 (Sweetbitter)
  • Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Poetry 1992 (Maybe it Was So)
  • Prizes from the Texas Institute of Letters: Best Book of Poetry 2002 (for It's Time), Jesse Jones Award 1995 (for Sweetbitter), Soeurette Diehl Translation Award 2008 (for Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments)

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Reginald Gibbons on WorldCat

Reginald Gibbons' blog on poetry at the Center for the Writing Arts (Northwestern University)

Gibbons faculty page at Northwestern University

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