Reginald Gibbons at Round Top, May 2012

blue vaseReginald Gibbons' blog posts at
Northwestern's Center for the Writing Arts

Reginald Gibbons (Ph.D. Stanford University, Comparative Literature) is a poet, fiction writer, translator, literary critic, artist, and Professor of English, Classics, and Spanish and Portuguese. In 2011-12, he is a (short-term) Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard) in Washington D.C. In 2010 he published Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories (Univ. of Chicago); his book of poems, Creatures of a Day (LSU Press, 2008), was a Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. In 2008 he also published a volume of new translations of Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (Princeton); he has recently completed a stint as a columnist for American Poetry Review. From 1981 to 1997, he 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 poetry publications include two chapbooks, In the Warhouse (Fractal Edge, 2004) and Fern-Texts (Hollyridge, 2005), and eight full-length collections, including Sparrow: New and Selected Poems (LSU 1997), Homage to Longshot O'Leary (Holy Cow! Press 1999), and It's Time (LSU, 2002).  He has published a collection of short fiction, Five Pears or Peaches (Broken Moon Press 1991); a novel Sweetbitter (Penguin 1996); and other works. He has translated 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 anthologies.

Other recent publications include an edited collection of the autobiographical writings of William Goyen, Goyen: Autobiographical Essays, Notebooks, Evocations, Interviews (University of Texas Press and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 2007). His current projects include a work on twentieth-century and contemporary Russian poetry, co-authored with Ilya Kutik, including essays and translations; and a book of essays on poetry. He has recently published poems, translations and essays in Poetry, Iowa Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, New Literary History, and elsewhere. Gibbons teaches poetry, fiction, and literature courses. An abbreviated vitae follows.

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

Publications by Reginald Gibbons

CreaturesCreatures of a Day

Slow TrainsSlow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories

SophoclesSophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments

It's Time It's Time

Homage to Longshot O'Leary

Sweetbitter: A Novel

Sophocles: Antigone (The Greek Tragedy in New Translation) (translated with Charles Segal)

Sparrow Sparrow: New and Selected Poems

Euripides: Bakkhai (The Greek Tragedy in New Tanslations) (translated with Charles Segal)

Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda (translation)

The Poet's Work: Twenty Nine Masters of Twentieth Century Poetry on the Origins and Practice of Their Art

In The Warehouse In The Warhouse

Fern-texts Fern-texts: Autobiographical Essay on the Notebooks of Young S. T. Coleridge (b. 1772)