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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Albert Goldbarth  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1948 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Born and raised in Chicago, Goldbarth received his BA from the University of Illinois in 1969.

Biographical and Professional Information

Albert Goldbarth received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle campus in 1969, his master of fine arts from the University of Iowa in 1971, and completed a year of classes toward a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Utah.He taught at the Elgin Community College in Chicago until 1972 and as a coordinator for the Traveling Writers Workshop for public schools in the Chicago area. Goldbarth left Utah early to pursue a teaching career and worked briefly at Cornell and Syracuse Universities before moving to the University of Texas, Austin, where he taught from 1977 to 1987. He has also taught in the Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Converse College and has been a National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellow. Goldbarth has published more than 25 collections of poetry and has received numerous awards, including the Poetry Northwest Theodore Roethke Prize, the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry - being the only poet to receive the honor twice, the Ohio State University/The Journal Award, and was nominated for the National Book Award. He also won the Mark Twain Award for Humorous Poetry, awarded by the Poetry Foundation, in 2008.Since 1987, he has lived in Wichita, where he is the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University.

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-- *National Book Critics Circle Award, 1991 and 2001 - Goldbarth is the only poet to ever receive the honor twice. *Mark Twain Award for Humorous Poetry, Poetry Foundation, 2008 *Don Coldsmith Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, 2011