R. S. Gwynn

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R. S. Gwynn (born 1948 Eden, North Carolina) is an American poet and anthologist associated with New Formalism.[1]


He graduated from Davidson College in 1969, where he won the Vereen Bell Award for creative writing twice, played varsity football on a dubious knee, and was a member of the school's championship team on the General Electric College Bowl. He did graduate work at Middlebury College's Breadloaf School of English and later earned an M.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas.

He has received the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, served as an original faculty member of the West Chester University Conference on Form and Narrative in Poetry, and was included in the first significant anthology of New Formalism, Rebel Angels: Twenty-five Poets of the New Formalism (Story Line Press 1995). In 1997, he was selected as a University Professor at Lamar University, and he has been honored by Phi Kappa Phi.

His book, The Drive-in, won the Breakthrough Award of the University of Missouri Press in 1986.

A collection of his papers is housed at Texas State University at San Marcos in the Southwestern Writers Collection. A link to this collection can be found on T.A.R.O. (Texas Archival Resources Online.)

He is married and lives in Beaumont, Texas.[2]




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