Individual Author Record
Name: Joseph GastigerPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Poetry Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionGastiger has lived in DeKalb, Illinois since 1980.
Biographical and Professional InformationJoseph Gastiger grew up in Westbury, a working class town on Long Island, attended SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Iowa, and did graduate work at Colorado State University where he was part of a cohort that included poets Yusef Komunyakaa, William Michael Ryan, Jay P. White and John Bradley. He received a PhD from Northern Illinois University, where he subsequently taught writing and literature for a number of years, and was coordinator of its Honors Program. His poems have been printed in many journals and anthologies, including Princeton Arts Review, Sycamore Review, TriQuarterly, New Voices: Poetry and Fiction from Colorado State University, Benchmark: Anthology of Contemporary Illinois Poetry. After earning his PhD and working for NIU’s Honors Program, he entered the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1998, graduating in 2000. He has been a pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb, Illinois since 2001.Gastiger has been interviewed by Dan Klefstad, Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor of Northern Public Radio (WNIU/WNIJ/NIRIS) twice. The first time for the Summer 2014 Book Series. To access the June 13, 2014 interview, [http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dekalb-author-waxes-poetic-prose click here] And again, on December 21, 2015 for the [https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wnijreadwithme?source=feed_text&story_id=10208055647572719 #WNIJReadWithME] Winter Book Series. To access that interview, [http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poet-explores-his-desires-and-others click here].
''Loose Talk: Poems'', Lost Horse Press , 2012''If You So Desire: Poems'', Lost Horse Press, 2014