Frank Bidart (born May 27, 1939 in Bakersfield, California) is an American academic and poet.
In 1957, he began to study at the University of California at Riverside and 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.
He has been teaching English at Wellesley College since 1972, and has taught at nearby Brandeis University. He lives in Boston, and he is openly gay.
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, is the only chapbook to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
- Golden State (1973)
- The Book of the Body (1977)
- The Sacrifice (1983)
- In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965–90 (1990)
- Desire (1997) received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and the 1998 Bobbitt Prize for Poetry; nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award
- Music Like Dirt (Sarabande Books, 2002), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize
- Star Dust (2005), in two sections
- Watching the Spring Festival (2008), Bidart's first book of lyrics
- Metaphysical Dog (2013)
Awards and honors
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- Rae Armantrout; John Ashbery; et al. (2002). The Best American Poetry 2002. Scribner Poetry. ISBN 0-7432-0386-0.