David Bergman (born 1950) is an American poet and academic.
Bergman was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and grew up in New York City. At age 3 1/2, he became partially paralyzed in an accident and was bedridden for 2 years, during which time he began writing. "As long as I can remember I wanted to be a writer," he has said.
He is openly gay and Jewish. At Towson, he directed the program in lesbian and gay studies. He also served as an editor for the “Living Out: Gay & lesbian autobiography” series published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
He received the George Elliston Poetry Prize for his 1985 collection, Cracking the Code.
His 1991 non-fiction book, Gaiety Transformed: Gay self-representation in American literature, was cited as an Outstanding Book of the Year by both Choice and the Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights.
With Karl Woelz, he won a Lambda Book Award for editing Men on Men 2000.
- The Care and Treatment of Pain: Poems. Lawrence, KS: Kairos Editions, 1994.
- Cracking the Code, Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1985.
- Heroic Measures Coluumbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1998
- Gaiety Transformed: Gay self-representation in American literature. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991.
- Camp Grounds: Style and homosexuality. Amherst : University of Massachusets Press, 1993.
- The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the making of gay culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
- The Poetry of Disturbance: The discomforts of postwar American poetry. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press 2015.
- Jean Sénac, Selected Poems (translated with Katia Sainson). Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY: Sheep Meadow Press, 2010.
- Heath Guide to Literature (edited with Daniel Mark Epstein). Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1984, 1987, 1992.
- John Ashbery, Reported Sightings: Art chronicles, 1957-1987. New York: Knopf, 1989; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.
- Edmund White, The Burning Library: Essays. New York: Knopf, 1994.
- The Violet Quill Reader: The emergence of gay literature after Stonewall. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994, 1997; New York: InsightOut Books, 2001.
- Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.
Men on Men
- Men on Men 5: Best new gay fiction. New York: Plume, 1994.
- Men on Men 6: Best new gay fiction. New York: Plume, 1996.
- Men on Men 7: Best new gay fiction. New York: Plume, 1998.
- Men on Men 2000: Best new gay fiction for the millennium (edited with Karl Woelz). New York: Plume, 2000; New York: Penguin, 2000.
- David Bergman Poets & Writers. Web, May 29, 2018.
- Holly Selby, "Dr. David Bergman's star shines in the gay literary world," Baltimore Sun, December 19, 1994. Web, May 29, 2018.
- David Bergman, Poetry Foundation. Web, May 29, 2018.
- Heroic Measures, Ohio State University Press. Web, May 29, 2018.
- Bergman, David. "The Gay and Lesbian Presence in American Literature". Heath Anthology Newsletter. http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/bassr/tamlit/essays/gay_les.html. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- Monteagudo, Jesse. "Found Tribe: Jewish Coming Out Stories". International Gay & Lesbian Review. http://gaybookreviews.info/review/2692/799. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- Antonio Gonzalez Cerna, 13th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, Lambda Literary, July 9, 2001. Web, May 29, 2018.
- Search results = au:David Bergman, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 29, 2018.
- David Bergman at Amazon.com
- "Dr. David Bergman's star shines in the gay literary world," Baltimore Sun
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