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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 -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=dave+etter


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.


Published Works

  • Go Read the River, University of Nebraska Press, 1966
  • The Last Train to Prophetstown, 1968
  • Strawberries, Cross Roads Press, 1970
  • Crabtree's Woman, BkMk Press, 1972
  • Well You Needn't, Raindust Press, 1975
  • Bright Mississippi, Juniper Press, 1975
  • Central Standard Time: New and Selected Poems, BkMk Press, 1978
  • Alliance, Illinois, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1983
  • Open to the Wind, Uzzano, 1978
  • Riding the Rock Island through Kansas, Wolfsong Press, 1979
  • Cornfields, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1980
  • West of Chicago, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1981
  • Boondocks, Uzzano, 1982
  • Home State, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1985
  • Live at the Silver Dollar, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1986
  • Selected Poems, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1987
  • Midlanders, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1988
  • Electric Avenue, Cross Roads Press, 1988
  • Carnival, Cross Roads Press, 1990
  • Sunflower County, Cross Roads Press, 1994
  • I Want to Talk About You, Cross Roads Press, 1995
  • How High the Moon, Wolfsong Publishing, 1996
  • Next Time You See Me, Wolfsong Publishing, 1997
  • The Essential Dave Etter, Spoon River Poetry Press, 2001
  • Greatest Hits, Pudding House Publications, 2002
  • Looking for Sheena Easton, Spoon River Poetry Press, 2004


Selected Titles At Your Library

Alliance, Illinois /
ISBN: 0810122138. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2005.

West of Chicago.
ISBN: 0933180276. OCLC Number:

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©1981.

Boondocks /
ISBN: 0930600150. OCLC Number:

Uzzano Press,. Menomonie, Wis. :. 1982.

Home state :
ISBN: 0933180640. OCLC Number:

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©1985.

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

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. 1985, ©1986.

Selected poems /
ISBN: 0933180918. OCLC Number:

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. 1987.

"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.

Midlanders /
ISBN: 0944024076. OCLC Number:

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. 1988.

Electric Avenue /
ISBN: 0944024092. OCLC Number:

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. 1988.

Carnival /
ISBN: 094402419X. OCLC Number:

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©1990.

Sunflower County /
ISBN: 0944024246. OCLC Number:

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Granite Falls, Minn. :. 1994.

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

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Granite Falls, Minn. :. 1996.

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

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Granite Falls, Minn. :. 2001.

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

Pudding House Publications,. Johnstown, Ohio :. ©2002.

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

Spoon River Poetry Press,. Granite Falls, Minn. :. 2004.


Awards

  • 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.