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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ingrid Wendt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: in Aurora, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Wendt was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ingrid Wendt is the author of five books of poems, two anthologies, a book-length teaching guide, numerous articles and reviews, and more than 200 individual poems in such magazines and anthologies as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Antioch Review, Northwest Review, Ms., and No More Masks! An Anthology of 20th Century American Women Poets. She has taught literature and poetry writing for more than 30 years at all educational levels, including the MFA program of Antioch University Los Angeles; at teacher-training institutes throughout the United States and in Germany; and in hundreds of public school classrooms, grades K-12, in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Illinois, Iowa, and overseas. On October 21, 2006, she received a "Distinguished Achievement Award" from the president of Cornell College, her alma mater. On April 24, 2008, she was inducted into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame, at a banquet in Geneva, Illinois, 20 miles north of her home town of Aurora. Wendt currently resides in Oregon.

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Titles At Your Library

Singing the Mozart Requiem
ISBN: 0932576516

Far Corner Books. 1987

Book by Wendt, Ingrid

Starting With Little Things: A Guide to Writing Poetry in the Classroom
ISBN: B001CXF108

Oregon Arts Foundation. 1989

In Her Own Image: Women Working in the Arts (Women's Lives-Women's Work Series)
ISBN: 0912670622

The Feminist Press at CUNY. 1993

"An important contribution to the resurrection of the lost history of women in the arts." —Publishers Weekly

In Her Own Image collects the work of Western women artists, past and present, in a stunning array of forms: fiction, poetry, autobiography, essay, journal and letter writing, sculpture, painting, graphics, photography, ceramics, needlework, music, and dance.

Blow the Candle Out
ISBN: 1931247064

Pecan Grove Pr. 2002

Blow the Candle Out comprises two poetic sequences, "Learning the Mother Tongue," which first appeared in Prairie Schooner, and "Questions of Mercy," which first appeared in Nimrod International Journal.

The Angle of Sharpest Ascending
ISBN: 1932339043

WordTech Editions. 2004

The Angle of Sharpest Ascending, co-winner of the Yellowglen Prize, is a haunting suite of poetic sequences about the German dimension of World War II and the ways it touches our modern experience. As Ingrid Wendt writes in the book's preface, "I also believe in the importance--for the future safety of our country, our world--of trying to understand how perpetrators of violence can do violence to themselves, can be victims of wrong teaching, of mass hysteria, of propaganda. To recognize that evil can be taught." These masterful poems--a number which take the form of an artistic collaboration with the photographer Ingeborg Kolar, the painter Traude Linhardt, and the sculptor Susi Rosenberg--touch on essential questions of memory, responsibility, and healing.

ISBN: 193345606X

WordTech Editions. 2005

Journeys through the world, through history, through the heart: these are the travels undertaken by Ingrid Wendt in her new collection Surgeonfish. As always, Wendt's ambitions and formal range are large, and her poems are equal to the task.


Oregon Book Award 2004 Editions Prize from WordTech Editions 2003 Yellowglen Award from Word Press Carolyn Kizer Award Several Pushcart nominations D.H. Lawrence Award

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