Bruce Bond

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Bond at the 2017 Texas Book Festival.

Bruce Bond (born June 25, 1954) is an American poet and creative writing educator at the University of North Texas.[1]

Formal education & academic career[edit]

Bond earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Pomona College, a Master of Arts degree in English from Claremont Graduate School, and a Masters in Music Performance degree from the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver. He then worked several years as a classical and jazz guitarist. In 1987, he earned a PhD in English from the University of Denver. Since then, he has taught at the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Wilfrid Laurier University (in Canada), and the University of North Texas, where he currently is a Regents Professor of English and Poetry Editor, with Corey Marks, of American Literary Review.[2][3]



  1. Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015, Louisiana State University Press (2017).
  2. Sacrum, Four Way Books (2017).
  3. Gold Bee, Southern Illinois University Press (2016). Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award.
  4. Black Anthem, University of Tampa Press (2016). Tampa Poetry Prize.
  5. For the Lost Cathedral, Louisiana State University Press (2015).
  6. The Other Sky, Etruscan Press (2015). Finalist: Helen C. Smith Award.
  7. Choir of the Wells: A Tetralogy of New Books, Etruscan Press (2013) OCLC 812258481
  8. The Visible, Louisiana State University Press (2012) OCLC 745765999
  9. Peal, Etruscan Press (2009) OCLC 318876943
  10. Blind Rain, Louisiana State University Press (2008) OCLC 646757924
    2010 Finalist, The Poets' Prize, Academy of American Poets
    Finalist, Natalie Ornish Prize, Texas Institute of Letters
  11. Cinder, Etruscan Press (2003) OCLC 52138027
    Finalist, Best Book of Poetry, Texas Institute of Letters
  12. The Throats of Narcissus University of Arkansas Press (2001) OCLC 45799620
  13. Radiography, BOA Editions (1997) OCLC 37904942
    1998 Natalie Ornish Prize, Texas Institute of Letters
  14. The Anteroom of Paradise, Quarterly Review of Literature: Poetry Series 10, Vol. 30 (1991) OCLC 316588200, 779970923, 69104327 OCLC 225900260, 38487763
    1991 Colladay Award, Quarterly Review of Literature
  15. Independence Days, Woodley Press (1990) OCLC 23475982
    Robert Gross Award, Woodley Press, Washburn University


Bond's poetry has been published by The Best American Poetry, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Raritan, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and other journals and anthologies.


Bond has received numerous honors, including the 2009 Kesterson Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, University of North Texas. He is a past fellow of the NEA (2001–2002), the Texas Commission on the Arts (1998), the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts (2010), Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (1993; assisted Donald Justice), Wesleyan Writers' Conference, Wesleyan University (1996; assisted Henry Taylor), Sewanee Writers' Conference (1994; assisted Anthony Hecht), the MacDowell Foundation (1993), the Yaddo Corporation (1992), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (1989), and other organizations.

1979: Plainspeak Poetry Prize
1984 & 1986: Academy of American Poets Prizes
1987: Denver Writer's Award — sponsored by the Colorado Federation of the Arts, judged by poet Ray Gonzalez
1989: Greensboro Review Literary Award
1991: Milton Dorfman Prize — Rome Center
1991: Cincinnati Poetry Review Award — sponsored by the University of Cincinnati
1994: Billee Murray Denny Award — sponsored by Lincoln College
1999 & 2003: River Styx International Poetry Prizes
2002: Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters
2011: A William Matthews Poetry Award — sponsored by the Ashville Poetry Review
2011: New South Poetry Award
2011: The St. Petersburg Review Poetry Award
2012: The Knightviille Poetry Award (from The New Guard)
1993 to 2011 (each year): 23 Pushcart nominations


  1. ^ Contemporary Authors, A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields, Volume 190, Detroit: Gale Group (2001) OCLC 659918086
  2. ^ Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines, New York: H.W. Wilson Co. ISSN 0006-3053
    Volume 17: September 1990 — August 1992 (1992)
    Volume 23: September 1997 — August 1998 (1998)
  3. ^ A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, 2001–2002 edition, New York: Poets & Writers (2001) OCLC 46885596

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