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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Bond  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry



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.''

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-- Illinois Arts Council Fellowship For Poetry, 2001, 2005 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award (For Individual Poems), 2003, 2004 MacDowell Artists Colony Fellowship, 2006