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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: January 7, 1947 in Houston, Texas


Illinois Connection

Reginald has lived in Evanston since 1981.

Biographical and Professional Information

Reginald Gibbons is the author of eleven poetry collections. His Creatures of a Day was a finalist for the National Book Award. His book Saints won publication in the National Poetry Series. Volumes of his selected poems in translation have been published in Spain, Italy, and France. His novel Sweetbitter won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and he has also published a book of very short fiction, An Orchard in the Street. Gibbons is also the author of a book on poetic technique, How Poems Think. He has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Center for Hellenic Studies, as well as the Folger Library’s O. B. Hardison, Jr. prize and other honors and awards. His work has been included in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He teaches at Northwestern University, where he is a Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- "Body of Work"

-- Fuller Award, Lifetime Achievement, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2021


-- "Creatures of a Day"

-- *Finalist, National Book Award


-- "Saints"

-- *Publication in the National Poetry Series


-- "Sweetbitter"

-- *Anisfield-Wolf Book Award