Bill Holm (poet)

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Bill Holm (August 25, 1943 – February 25, 2009) was an American poet, essayist, memoirist, and musician.[1] He was a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion.[2]


Holm was born on a farm north of Minneota, Minnesota in 1943 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota where he graduated in 1965. Later, he attended the University of Kansas. He was Professor Emeritus of English at Southwest Minnesota State University, where he taught classes on poetry and literature until his retirement in 2007.[3]

Holm was named the McKnight Distinguished Artist of the Year in 2008. This award celebrates artists who have left a significant imprint on the culture of Minnesota. Holm was named a Bush Foundation Arts Fellow in 1982 and 1995 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in 1987. He received Minnesota Book Awards in 1991 and 1997. For his service to Iceland, he earned the Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service in 2003. In 1991, Gustavus Adolphus College awarded Holm a Distinguished Alumni Citation and in 2002 he received an honorary doctorate.[4][5] [6] [7]

He was the grandson of Icelandic immigrants and spent part of every year at his second home in Hofsós, Iceland. Holm died February 25, 2009, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at 65 years, of complications of pneumonia.[8]


Holm is the author of twelve books of poems and essays:[9]

Audio Books[edit]

Holm has published 4 audio books of poems and essays on CD:


  1. ^ "Minnesota author Bill Holm". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Garrison Keillor. "Bill Holm: 1943–2009". A Prairie Home Companion. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ Gustavus Adolphus College, February 26, 2009 Gustavus Alumnus and Author Bill Holm Dies
  4. ^ Star Tribune, May 12, 2008 Retrieved September 22, 2008.
  5. ^ "Bill Holm: 2008 Distinguished Artist". The McKnight Foundation. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Writer and poet Bill Holm receives 11th annual McKnight Distinguished Artist Award". The McKnight Foundation. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Bill Holm". Milkweed Editions. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ Star Tribune, February 26, 2009 Minnesota author Bill Holm dies
  9. ^ "Bill Holm 1943–2009". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 

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