R. S. Gwynn
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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.)
- Bearing & Distance, Cedar Rock Press 1977
- The Narcissiad, Cedar Rock Press, 1981, ISBN 978-0-930024-16-1
- The Drive-in, University of Missouri Press, 1986, ISBN 978-0-8262-0602-2
- No Word of Farewell: Poems 1970-2000, Story Line Press, 2001, ISBN 978-1-885266-91-0
- Billy Collins, David Lehman, ed. (2006). "from Sects from A to Z". The best American poetry, 2006. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-2967-8.
- R. S. Gwynn, ed. (1996). The advocates of poetry: a reader of American poet-critics of the modernist era. University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 978-1-55728-426-6.
- Contemporary American poetry: a pocket anthology, Pearson/Longman, 2005, ISBN 978-0-321-18282-1