About Reginald Gibbons
Reginald Gibbons is a poet, fiction writer, translator, literary critic, artist, and Professor of English, Classics, and Spanish and Portuguese. In 2008 he published a new book of poems, Creatures of a Day (LSU Press, 2008; Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in poetry). New books: Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories (University of Chicago Press, 2010); a bilingual Spanish/English selection of poems, Desde una barca de papel (Littera Libros, 2010); a bilingual Italian/English selection of poems, L'Abitino Blu (gattomerlino/superstripes, 2012).
In 2008 he also published a volume of translations of Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (Princeton); from 2006 to 2009 he was a columnist for American Poetry Review.
Since late 2010, he has been participating in the planning of a national museum of American literature (see www.americanwritersmuseum.org).
At Poetry at Round Top, 11th annual Festival, Round Top, Texas, MAY 4-6, 2012. http://poetryatroundtop.org/
Stop Smiling (Chicago), Jan. 27, 2012
AWP, Chicago, March 1, 2012
Among 2009 "Chicagoans of the Year" in the arts, Chicago Tribune.
Los Angeles Times: "Reginald Gibbons Finds Poetry in Chicago," Dec. 30, 2009, http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-chicago-poet30-2009dec30...
Video interview, WGN-TV: http://www.wgntv.com/videobeta/99d9bce4-2b4d-442d-bc88-474d2fb43809/News...
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From 1981 to 1997, Gibbons served as the editor of TriQuarterly magazine, an international journal of new writing, art and cultural inquiry published at Northwestern; during that time, in addition to general issues of the magazine, he published special issues of writing from South Africa, Spain, Poland and Mexico. He also co-founded and edited TriQuarterly Books, an imprint for contemporary writing at Northwestern University Press. His most recent poetry publications are two chapbooks, In the Warhouse (Fractal Edge, 2004) and Fern-Texts (Hollyridge, 2005). He has published eight poetry collections, including Sparrow: New and Selected Poems (LSU 1997), Homage to Longshot O'Leary (Holy Cow! Press 1999), and It's Time (LSU, 2002); a collection of short fiction, Five Pears or Peaches (Broken Moon Press 1991); a novel Sweetbitter (Penguin 1996); and other works.
He has transla ted Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda (California, 1977; reprint Sheep Meadow Press, 1999); Guillen on Guilen: The Poetry and the Poet (with A. L. Geist; Princeton, 1979); Euripides' Bakkhai (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001) and Sophocles' Antigone (Oxford, 2003), both of the latter with Charles Segal, and Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (Princeton, 2008); he has edited The Poet's Work, (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1989) and, with Gerald Graff, Criticism in the University (Northwestern Univ. Press, 1985). Gibbons has also published numerous essays and reviews, held Guggenheim and NEA fellowships in poetry, and has won the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Prize, the Folger Shakespeare Library's 2004 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, and other honors, among them the inclusion of his work in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize