Bill holm

Bill Holm (1943-2009). Courtesy Friends of the Northfield Public Library.

Bill Holm (August 25, 1943 - February 25, 2009) was an American poet, essayist, memoirist, and musician.


Holm was born on a farm north of Minneota, Minnesota in 1943, the grandson of Icelandic immigrants. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, graduating in 1965.[1] Later, he attended the University of Kansas.

He retired as professor emeritus of English at Southwest Minnesota State University, where he taught classes on poetry and literature until his retirement in 2007.

He spent part of every year at his 2nd home in Hofsós, Iceland.

Holm died February 25, 2009, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at 65 years of age.[2]


Holm was named the McKnight Distinguished Artist of the Year in 2008. This award celebrates artists who have left a significant imprint on the culture of Minnesota.[3]


Holm is the author of 12 books of poems and essays:

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Writer Bill Holm dies at 65

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  1. Gustavus Adolphus College, February 26, 2009 Gustavus Alumnus and Author Bill Holm Dies
  2. Star Tribune, February 26, 2009 Minnesota author Bill Holm dies
  3. Star Tribune, May 12, 2008 Retrieved September 22, 2008.

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