Duane L. Herrmann Courtesy Map of Kansas Literature

Duane L. Herrmann (born 1951) is an American prairie poet.

Life[edit | edit source]

Family, youth, education[edit | edit source]

Herrmann was born and lives in rural Kansas. He attended local schools, Washburn University and Ft Hays State university, graduating in 1974 with a degree in Education, then in 1985 received a degree in History.

His earliest poetry was published in 1969 in his high school's new literary journal when he was a senior. That year, also, he accepted the Baha'i Faith which became a major influence in his life. In college, more poems of his were published as well as articles in local newspapers.

He married in 1975, and the couple had 4 children. The marriage ended in 1994.

Career[edit | edit source]

In 1982 his debut children's story was published and 3 years later his earliest memoir was published. In 1986 he sold his earliest article to a commercial publication.

In 1989 his earliest book, an anthology on fasting, was published, as well as his earliest two chapbooks of poetry, Whispers Shouting Glory and Early Poems, and his earliest essay on poetry, in an anthology on the arts entitled Creative Circle. That same year he was awarded the Robert Hayden Poetry Fellowship, which resulted in his editorship of the poetry anthology, Voices from a Borrowed Garden.

Various individual poems, chapbooks, and articles were published over the next several years until he published his debut full length collection of poetry: Prairies of Possibilities in 2005. The next year his earliest history book, By Thy Strengthening Grace, was published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Topeka Baha'i community.

In 2007 the website of Midwest Quarterly considered him, "one of the most recognized poets in Kansas," when a Herrmann poem was published in a print issue. His work is increasingly cited and quoted in English as well as other languages, in print and online. Various individual poems, news articles, essays, short stories, children's stories, memoirs, and books continue to be published.

Recognition[edit | edit source]

1989 recipient of the Robert Hayden Poetry Fellowship.

Herrmann was included in American Poets of the 1990s.

His non-fiction book By Thy Strengthening Grace: One hundred years of the Bahá’í faith in Topeka, Kansas, 1906-2006 was awarded the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award, 2007.

In 2009 his poem "Family Plowing" was accepted for inclusion in the Kansas Poets Trail in Wichita, KS.

In 2010 he was added to the Map of Kansas Literature website in acknowledgement of his literary accomplishments. Other awards and recognition followed, including from the Kansas State Poetry Society and the Ad Astra Poetry project by the Poet Laureate of Kansas.

Herrmann has twice been nominated to be Poet Laureate of Kansas.

Publications[edit | edit source]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

  • Whispers Shouting Glory. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 1989.
  • Prairies of Possibilities: New and selected poems. New York: iUniverse, 2005.
  • Ichnographical 173: New poems. Topeka, KS: Delamater.Moore.Curtis Publishing, 2016.
  • Praise the King of Glory: New and selected poems. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 2017.
  • Gedichte aus Prairies of Possiblities. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 2019.
  • Remnants of a Life, Topeka, KS: Lighted Lake Pres, 2019
  • Family Plowing, and other prairie poems. Emporia, KS: Meadowlark, 2019.
  • No Known Address, Norfolk, VA: Poetica Publishing, 2020

Novels[edit | edit source]

  • Escape from Earth: The journal of a planetary pioneer (ebook), St. Lazare, QC, Czykmate Producations, 2018
    • (expanded print version), 2019

Non-fiction[edit | edit source]

  • Ninety Years in Kansas: The Bahá'í faith, 1897-1987. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 1987
    • (expanded as) The Bahá'í Faith in Kansas, since 1897. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 1994.
  • Fasting: The sun and its moons; a Bahá'i handbook. Oxford: George Ronald, 1988.
  • Andrew Herrmann Family in America. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 1990.
  • Early Bahá'i of Enterprise. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 1997.
  • A History of the Baha'i Community of Samarkand. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 1999.
  • By Thy Strengthening Grace: One hundred years of the Bahá’í faith in Topeka, Kansas, 1906-2006. Topeka, KS: Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'is of Topeka, Kansas, Inc., 2006.
  • Hidden meanings in the poetry of Robert Hayden. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 2012.
  • Blessings of Teaching (with Ezzat Safapour). New Delhi: Mirat, 2014.

Edited[edit | edit source]

  • Voices from a Borrowed Garden: A collection of poetry. Topeka, KS: Buffalo Press, 1990.

Duane L. Herrmann reciting poem 'Suprised By One'

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Search results = au:Duane L. Herrmann, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 13, 2020.

External links[edit | edit source]

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