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Occupation  Poet, Professor
Nationality  United States

Name  Frank Bidart
Role  Academic
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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.


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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.

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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.

Awards and honors

  • 1981 The Paris Review's first Bernard F. Conners Prize for "The War of Vaslav Nijinsky"
  • 1992 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1997 Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America
  • 2000 Wallace Stevens Award of The Academy of American Poets; subsequently elected a Chancellor of the Academy (2003)
  • 2007 Bollingen Prize in American Poetry
  •  ???? Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Writer's Award
  •  ???? Morton Dauwen Zabel Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (Poetry), winner for Metaphysical Dog
  • 2013 National Book Award (Poetry), finalist for Metaphysical Dog
  • 2014 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry
  • 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award
  • References

    Frank Bidart Wikipedia