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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Reginald Gibbons  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Born: January 7, 1947 in Houston, Texas

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Reginald has lived in Evanston, Illinois, since 1981.

Biographical and Professional Information

Reginald Gibbons is a poet, translator, fiction writer, essayist and editor. He was born in Houston, Texas and grew up there, studied at Princeton University (BA in Spanish and Portuguese) and at Stanford University (MA in English and Creative Writing and PhD in Comparative Literature). From 1981 to 1997 he was the editor of ''TriQuarterly'' magazine at Northwestern University, where he also founded TriQuarterly Books (later an imprint of Northwestern University Press) and published special issues of ''TriQuarterly'' containing new writing from Chicago, Poland, Spain, South Africa and Mexico. Since 1981 he has taught writing and literature courses at Northwestern, where he is a professor in the Departments of English and Classics. He founded the MA/MFA in Creative Writing at Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies. In 1989, he co-founded the Guild Complex, a not-for-profit literary center in Chicago, in 1989, and since 1984 he has also taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His literary honors include the O. B. Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize (awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2004) and a Guggenheim Fellowship; his collection of poems ''Creatures of a Day'' was a Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award.Gibbons has edited and translated several books. His edited works include: ''The writer in our World'', ''The Poets Work'', ''New Writing From Mexico'' and ''Goyen: Autobriographical Essays, Notebooks, Evocations, Interviews''. He also edited ''Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem'' with Terrance Des Pres. His translations include: ''Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda'', ''Bakkhai'' by Euripides - with Charles Segal, ''Antigone'' by Sphocles - also with Charles Segal and ''Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments'' by Sophocles.


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Awards

-- *National Book Award Finalist (poetry)2008 (''Creatures of a Day'') *O. B. Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize 2004 (from the Folger Shakespeare Library) *Balcones Poetry Prize 1998 (''Sparrow