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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Bond  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


-- David Bond on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

David the Senior Library Specialist at Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

He has worked at a variety of jobs such as assembly line worker, substitute teacher, newspaper reporter, and a long stretch of seventeen years at an underground coal mine, an environment that ignited his imagination into a poetic mode too long neglected. At age 44, when the mine finally closed, he entered the MFA program at SIU, studying with poets such as Rodney Jones, Lucia Perillo, and Allison Joseph. Much of his poetry is the poetry of labor, written not "for poets alone, but for men." David Bond has been a reader and taught classes at the Nimrod/Hardman Awards Conference at the University of Tulsa, the Binghamton University Poetry Conference, and the Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival in Chicago, among other venues. His poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Black Dirt, Cape Rock, Farmer’s Market, Karamu, Mobius, National Forum, Rhino, Sou’Wester, Spoon River Poetry Review, and The Windless Orchard. His honors and prizes include the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry in 2001 and 2005.Along with the list of books David has published below, he also wrote a chapbook in 2012 titled ''The Light That Shatters Darkness: Poems From the Spartan Mine.''

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1588982572

BookSurge Publishing. 2001

The poems of Colors reflect the hues of life, from a cousin's death to the mining of coal.

American Chicken
ISBN: 0595440738

iUniverse, Inc.. 2007

Thirty years later, striding a hypotenuse/of bare earth between two sidewalks here/at the university, I can't explain the times /Abbie Hoffman high jumps a velvet aisle/rope in federal court and Old Main/burns boundless in the night like/an ecstatic cult of images because/we did or did not love the Fatherland. From "American Chicken"Striking imagery and precise diction are characteristics of American Chicken, from the eloquence of the elegiac "Rend Lake at Sunset," a poetic reflection on the southern Illinois mining landscape where "hills of scoured coal smolder," to the tragi-comic nostalgia and regret inherent in the title poem as the narrator envies those who made the hard Vietnam choices he feels he evaded.The poems in this very accessible book won for its author the Friends of Morris Library Delta Award, a regional prize presented to Bond "in recognition of his evocative poetry describing the blue collar working man and the Midwest, giving the common man a unique place in the literature of southern Illinois."


Illinois Arts Council Fellowship For Poetry, 2001, 2005 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award (For Individual Poems)

, 2003, 2004 MacDowell Artists Colony Fellowship, 2006

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Bond is available for readings, panels, and workshops.