Gudding was born in a Norwegian-American part of northwestern Minnesota.
Gudding attended The Evergreen State College, an experimental school in Olympia, Washington, Purdue University and Cornell University. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois where he was hired to teach poetry writing and poetics. His work has been translated into French, Danish, Vietnamese and Spanish.
Gudding has given more than 80 poetry readings and lectures in Europe, the Caribbean, and America. He has published over a hundred poems and essays in periodicals such as Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, and The Journal of the History of Ideas. He is the author of two books, A Defense of Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press), which won the 2001 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and, Rhode Island Notebook (Dalkey Archive Press), a 436-page poem he wrote in his car. His poetry appears in twenty anthologies, including &Now: Best Innovative Writing (2010), Best American Poetry (Scribner, 2010) and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner).
His translations from Spanish appear in anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry (Oxford UP), Poems for the Millennium (University of California Press), and The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry (University of California Press)
Gudding's second book of poetry, Rhode Island Notebook, was published in November 2007 by Dalkey Archive Press. Rhode Island Notebook is a 436-page poem interlarded with essays. It was written in Gudding's car on the highways between Normal, Illinois, and Providence, Rhode Island, during 26 roundtrip journeys, and has been called by the polymathic writer and artist Alan Sondheim, "the first 21st Century classic".
Selected online publications
- "Praise to the Swiss Federation", Harper's, August 2008
- "Ecopoetry, Speculative Ontology, and the Disavowal of the Slaughterhouse: Some Notes on Ethics and Capital", Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, May 2013
- "Et qu'est-ce, amis, qu'on appelle une route?", Myopies, #1, translated by Guillaume Fayard, January 2009
- "The Genotype/Phenotype Distinction and the Disappearance of the Body." Journal of the History of Ideas. July 1996.
- "A Defense of Poetry", Wild Honey Press,
- "My Buttocks" and "To Roosevelt" (a translation of Rubén Darío's "A Roosevelt"), Maximum Post-Avant
- "The Tuning Fork of St. Louis", St. Louis Magazine
- "Minnesota," "No, Popsickle," "An Ditch," "Dear Eagles" and "Literary Narcissism and the Manufacture of Scandal", Seven Corners, 5 April 2006
- "And What, Friends, is Called a Road" Action Yes.
- "Congratulations on Being Here", Eoagh. Issue 5.
- "On Kindness and Hipness as They Relate to Cultural Production", Octopus Magazine, Issue 9
- "[The Parenthesis Inserts Itself into the Transcripts of the Committee on Un-American Activities]" Jacket #7
- "How I Caught My Cold" The American Poetry Review (APR), March/April 2001, Vol. 30, No. 2
- "Praise to the Swiss Federation," and "To the Sun at Anchor", GutCult
- "The Dangerfield Conundrum: A Roundtable on Humor in Poetry" - George Bowering, Maxine Chernoff, Katie Degentesh, Gabriel Gudding, Rachel Loden, Ange Mlinko, K. Silem Mohammad, D. A. Powell, Ron Silliman, Gary Sullivan Jacket 33 (July 2007).
- "Prison Education" (radio interview with Danny Hajek on teaching in prisons).
- Interview on Creative Writing Pedagogy, MiPOesias.
- P. F. S. Post—Maximum Post Avant (Waxing Hot), Gabriel Gudding and Adam Fieled.
- Here Comes Everybody, Lance Phillips, 18 June 2005.
- Ray Bianchi, Chicagopostmodernpoetry.com.
- , Andy Zeigert, "Face to Face: Gabriel Gudding", The Ball State Daily News Online, 7 February 2005.
Selected online reviews
- Peter O'Leary. "On Gabriel Gudding's Rhode Island Notebook."The Cultural Society.
- Jasper Bernes. "Revulsion as Revolt." Review of Lara Glenum and Gabriel Gudding's first books. Jacket.
- Levi Stahl. "The Five Minute Muse: George Oppen, Gabriel Gudding, and Campbell McGrath - The Off-The-Cuff Art of the Poet's Notebook." Poetry Foundation.
- Dorothy Barresi. "Playing in the Dark: Black Humor in Poetry." Poetry Daily.
- Stephen Burt. "New Poets on the Block: Gabriel Gudding." Boston Review.
- Giles Goodland, "Short Reviews of Recent Titles: Gabriel Gudding, Rhode Island Notebook": Stride Magazine.
- Ray McDaniel. "A Defense of Poetry. Gabriel Gudding. U Pitt Press, 2002." The Constant Critic.
- Fred Muratori. "Gabriel Gudding. Rhode Island Notebook", Library Journal.
- Rob Telfer, "Gabriel Gudding. Rhode Island Notebook. Dalkey Archive, 2007" ,Octopus Magazine.
- Josh Corey. "Gudding, Bolaño, and the Limits of Literature." Cahiers de Corey.
- Erin McNellis, "A Sea Sewn to a Spine: Gabriel Gudding's Rhode Island Notebook", uncomplicatedly.
- Ray Bianchi, "Why The Rhode Island Notebook by Gabriel Gudding Matters",The Irascible Poet.
- Dalkey Archive Press
- University of Pittsburgh Pitt Poetry Series
- h o l z w e g e (Gabriel Gudding's blog)
- Rhode Island Notebook Blog (a collection of reviews, interview, blurbs and excerpts).