English and Language Studies present
Poet Bruce Guernsey
Thursday, October 8, 2009
1:00 2:00 in Marcil 124
Bruce Guernsey is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University where he taught creative writing and American Literature for twenty-five years. He has also taught at William and Mary, Johns Hopkins, the University of New Hampshire, and Virginia Wesleyan College where he was the poet in residence for four years. A graduate with honors from Colgate University, he holds Masters degrees from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins and a PhD from New Hampshire, writing his dissertation on tools as metaphor in Robert Frost's poetry.
Bruce's poems have appeared in well-known publications such as "Poetry," "The Atlantic," "American Scholar," and many of the quarterlies. His work has also appeared in more diverse places like "Cat Fancy," "The Journal of Medical Opinion," and "Yankee." Among his books of poetry are January Thaw published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and The Lost Brigade from Water Press and Media. A new collection, New England Primer, is forthcoming from Cherry Grove Editions in August, 2008. He has been honored with fellowships in writing from the NEA, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He was also a featured poet in Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry." In January, 2007, he took over the editorship of "Spoon River Poetry Review."
His prose has also found publication in a variety of magazines, including "War, Literature, and the Arts," "The Virginia Quarterly Review," and "Fly Rod & Reel." His essay, "The Raven's Gift," won the creative nonfiction award from the journal, "Flyway." The recipient of Fulbright Lectureships to Portugal and Greece, Bruce has twice sailed around the world with Semester at Sea.
For his teaching, Dr. G. was awarded seven faculty excellence awards while at EIU, and in 1992 was awarded the State of Illinois Board of Governors' Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor offered in that state system. He was also twice nominated for the Carnegie Institute United States Professor of the Year.