Bob Hicok

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Bob Hicok (born 1960 Grand Ledge, Michigan) is an American poet.[1]


Hicok is an associate professor of creative writing at Virginia Tech and an associate professor of English at Purdue University. He is from Michigan and before teaching owned and ran a successful automotive die design business.[2] He formerly taught at Western Michigan University.[3]

His first book, The Legend of Light, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press and chosen as an American Library Association Booklist Notable Book of the Year. Plus Shipping followed in 1998. His 2001 Animal Soul was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.[4] He has since published five more books, Insomnia Diary (2004) This Clumsy Living (2007) Words for Empty and Words for Full (2010) with University of Pittsburgh Press, Elegy Owed (2013) with Copper Canyon Press.[5] His most recent book, Sex & Love &, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press.[6] In 2004, after publishing four collections of poetry, Hicok (who previously had no undergraduate or graduate degree) earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. [7]

His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and The American Poetry Review, as well as in eight volumes of The Best American Poetry and six times in the Pushcart Prize anthology.




  • Hicok, Bob (1991). Bearing witness. Detroit: Ridgeway Press. 
  • The Legend of Light, 1995, University of Wisconsin Press
  • Plus Shipping, 1998, BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Animal Soul, 2003, Invisible Cities Press
  • Insomnia Diary, 2004, University of Pittsburgh Press
  • This Clumsy Living, 2007, University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Words for Empty and Words for Full, 2010, University of Pittsburgh Press
  • "Elegy Owed, 2013, Copper Canyon Press
  • "Sex & Love &", 2016, Copper Canyon Press



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