Bob hicok

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Bob Hicok (born 1960) is an American poet and academic.


Hicok was born in Grand Ledge, Michigan.[1]

Hicok worked for many years as an automotive die designer and a computer system administrator. He began teaching in 2002, and received an M.F.A. from Vermont College in 2004.[1]

He formerly taught at Western Michigan University.[2] He is an associate professor of creative writing at Virginia Tech.

His poems have appeared in the Southern Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review and the American Poetry Review, as well as in 4 volumes of The Best American Poetry and 3 times in the Pushcart Prize anthology.


His 1st book of poetry, The Legend of Light (1995), won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was chosen as an American Library Association Booklist Notable Book of the Year.[1]

His 2001 Animal Soul was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.[3]

This Clumsy Living (2007) won othe 2008 Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.[1]




  • Bearing Witness: Poems. Detroit, MI: Ridgeway Press, 1991.
  • The Legend of Light. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995.
  • Plus Shipping: Poems. Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 1998.
  • Animal Soul: Poems. Montpelier, VT: Invisible Cities Press, 2001.
  • Insomnia Diary. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004.
  • This Clumsy Living. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.
  • Words For Empty And Words For Full. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.
  • Elegy Owed. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2013.
  • Sex & Love &. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2016.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]


  • Bill Henderson, ed (2000). The Pushcart prize XXX, 2006: best of the small presses. Pushcart Press. ISBN 9781888889215. 
  • Bill Henderson, ed (2004). The Pushcart Prize XXIX 2005: Best of the Small Presses. W. W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 9781888889390. 
  • David Wagoner, David Lehman, ed (2009). The Best American Poetry 2009. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743299770. 
  • David Walker, ed (2006). American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets. Oberlin College Press. ISBN 9780932440280. 
    Bob Hicok - A Primer

    Bob Hicok - A Primer

Audio / videoEdit

  • Bob Hicock (DVD). Loyola University Maryland Event Services, 2010.[6]

See alsoEdit

Notes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bob Hicok, Academy of American Poets. Poets. org, Web, May 12, 2018.
  2. Bob Hicok b. 1960, Poetry Foundation, Web.
  3. Poets and Writers, Feb. 1, 2001.
  4. Guggenheim Foundation 2008 Fellows
  5. Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry - Poetry (Library of Congress)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Search results = au:Bob Hicok, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 12, 2018.

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