|Occupation Poet, Professor|
Nationality United States
|Name Frank Bidart|
|Born May 27, 1939 (age 83)
Bakersfield, California, USA (1939-05-27) |
Alma mater University of California, Riverside Harvard University
Notable works Golden State (1973) Desire (1997) Star Dust (2005) Metaphysical Dog (2013)
Notable awards Bollingen Prize in Poetry (2007)
Education Harvard University (1962–1967), University of California, Riverside
Awards Bollingen Prize, Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry
Nominations Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Books Metaphysical Dog, Star Dust, In the western night, Watching the Spring Festival, Music like Dirt
Similar People Robert Lowell, David Gewanter, Ellen West, Louise Gluck
Life of a poet frank bidart
Frank Bidart (born May 27, 1939 in Bakersfield, California) is an American academic and poet, and a three time Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry.
Frank bidart reads herbert white
Bidart is a native of California and considered a career in acting or directing when he was young. In 1957, he began to study at the University of California at Riverside, where he was introduced to writers such as T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound and started to look at poetry as a career path. He then went on to Harvard, where he was a student and friend of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. He began studying with Lowell and Reuben Brower in 1962.
He has been an English professor at Wellesley College since 1972, and has taught at nearby Brandeis University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and he is openly gay. In his early work, he was noted for his dramatic monologue poems like "Ellen West" which Bidart wrote from the point of view of a woman with an eating disorder and "Herbert White" which he wrote from the point of view of a psychopath. He has also written openly about his family in the style of confessional poetry.
He co-edited the Collected Poems of Robert Lowell which was published in 2003 after years of working on the book's voluminous footnotes with his co-editor David Gewanter.
Bidart was the 2007 winner of Yale University’s Bollingen Prize in American Poetry. His chapbook, Music Like Dirt, later included in the collection Star Dust, was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His 2013 book "Metaphysical Dog" was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
He currently maintains a strong working relationship with actor and fellow poet James Franco, with whom he collaborated during the making of Franco's short film "Herbert White" (2010), based on Bidart's poem of the same name.
In 2017, Bidart received the Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award.