Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dave Etter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: March 18, 1928 in Huntington Park, California

Died: July 10, 2015

-- Dave Etter on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Etter moved to Evanston, Illinois in 1958. He has resided in northern Illinois (Evanston, Geneva, Lily Lake, and Elburn) for over 50 years; currently residing in Lanark, Illinois in Carroll County.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dave Etter is known for using chronicling small-town Illinois life his poems. He was the editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1964-1973 and of the Northern Illinois Press from 1974-1980. Contributor to more than 90 anthologies and textbooks. His poems have been published in eight foreign countriesand translated into German, Polish, and Japanese.


Society of Midland Authors poetry prize - 1967 Friends of Literature - 1967 Illinois Sesquicentennial Poetry Award - 1968 Chicagoland Magazine Prize - 1968 Theodore Roethke prize (Poetry Northwest) - 1973 Carl Sandburg poetry prize - 1982 Etter was honored at the Illinois Center for the Book's 1995 & 1996 Illinois Authors Book Fairs hosted at the Illinois State Library.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Alliance, Illinois /
ISBN: 0810122138. OCLC Number: 56419446

Northwestern University Press,. .

Boondocks /
ISBN: 0930600150. OCLC Number: 8915036

Uzzano Press,. .

Carnival /
ISBN: 094402419X. OCLC Number: 32195115

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

ISBN: 0933180195. OCLC Number: 6681886

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

Electric Avenue /
ISBN: 0944024092. OCLC Number: 19348606

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

Greatest hits, 1960-2000 /
ISBN: 1589980034. OCLC Number: 49803023

Pudding House Publications,. .

Home state :
ISBN: 0933180640. OCLC Number: 12146352

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

How high the moon /
ISBN: 0944024297. OCLC Number: 36216085

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

I want to talk about you
ISBN: 096443332X. OCLC Number: 35664414

Cross Roads Press,. .

Inheriting the land :
ISBN: 0816623031. OCLC Number: 27011964

University of Minnesota Press,. .

Live at the Silver Dollar /
ISBN: 0933180837. OCLC Number: 13794803

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

Looking for Sheena Easton /
ISBN: 0944024483. OCLC Number: 64453142

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

Midlanders /
ISBN: 0944024076. OCLC Number: 19348527

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

Open to the wind :
ISBN: 0930600045. OCLC Number: 4999705

Uzzano,. .

Selected poems /
ISBN: 0933180918. OCLC Number: 15377830

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

"In Selected Poems Dave Etter brings together nearly three decades of carefully crafted poems, including generous selections from the long out-of-print early collections, Go Read the River and Last Train to Prophetstown. With the companion volume Alliance, Illinois (no poems from Alliance are reprinted here), this book constitutes the life's work to date of a poet increasingly recognized as the voice of Mid-America. Etter's poems are colorful, energetic and sensual; his voice rings with the idiom of the Midwest as his poems flash the colors of the Heartland. There is scarcely a poet writing today between the Alleghenies and the Rockies (and many on either coast) who has not been influenced by Etter's jazz rhythms and vigorous colloquial cadences"--Book jacket.

ISBN: 9995404486. OCLC Number: 6267271

Northeast/Juniper Books. .

Sunflower County /
ISBN: 0944024246. OCLC Number: 31187923

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

The essential Dave Etter /
ISBN: 0944024408. OCLC Number: 50198762

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

West of Chicago.
ISBN: 0933180276. OCLC Number: 7786165

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .