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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dave Etter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: March 18, 1928 in Huntington Park, California


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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *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.