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Albert Goldbarth

Born: 1948 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.

  • -- 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

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Selected Titles

Combinations of the universe /
ISBN: 0814209254 OCLC: 50448056

Ohio State University Press, Columbus : ©2003.

Dark waves and light matter :
ISBN: 0820321265 OCLC: 40538312

University of Georgia Press, Athens, Ga. : ©1999.

Albert Goldbarth's personal essays are known for their marriage of poetically rich language with research into intriguingly arcane corners of our culture. "Goldbarth is a master mixer", says the Village Voice, and The New York Times Book Review calls his prose "an artful joining of disparate entities into something new that illuminates as it entertains."

Everyday people /
ISBN: 1555976034 OCLC: 740628860

Virtuoso poet Albert Goldbarth returns with a new collection that describes the wonders of everyday peopleoverprotective parents, online gamblers, newlyweds, Hercules, and Jesus. In Goldbarths poetryexpansive, wild, and hilarioushe argues that our ordinary failures, heroics, joy, and grief are worth giving voice to, giving thanks for. Everyday People is an extraordinary new book by a poet who 2in thirty-five years of writing has amassed a body of work as substantial and intelligent as that of anyone in his generation. -- (William Doreski, The Harvard Review).

Great topics of the world :
ISBN: 0312140878 OCLC: 33334925

Picador, New York : 1996.

Heaven and earth :
ISBN: 0820313009 OCLC: 22276625

University of Georgia Press, Athens : ©1991.

Jan. 31 /
ISBN: 0385059558 OCLC: 886173

Many circles :
ISBN: 1555973213 OCLC: 46778968

Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minn. : ©2001.

Saving lives :
ISBN: 0814250734 OCLC: 45066019

Ohio State University Press, Columbus : ©2001.

A collection of poems ranges from serious and personal topics to odd historical facts.

Selfish :
ISBN: 1555977081 OCLC: 889165164

In his latest collection, the incomparable Albert Goldbarth explores all things "self-ish": the origins of identity, the search for ancestry, the neurology of self-awareness, and the line between "self" and "other." Whether one line long or ten pages, whether uproariously comic or steeped in gravitas, these are poems that address our human essence.

The adventures of form and content :
ISBN: 1555977618 OCLC: 947147144

A collection of essays about the mysteries of dualities and the multiverse that exists in everyone.

The kitchen sink :
ISBN: 1555975267 OCLC: 259266806

Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, MN : 2009.

  To be read in 500 years :
ISBN: 1555975259 OCLC: 259266726

Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minn. : ©2009.

  Who gathered and whispered behind me /
ISBN: 0934332274 OCLC: 6666784