C. S. Giscombe

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

C. S. Giscombe (born 1950 Dayton, Ohio) is an African-American poet, essayist, and professor of English at University of California, Berkeley.[1]


A graduate of SUNY at Albany and Cornell University, he was editor of Epoch magazine in the 1970s and 1980s. He has taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University, Illinois State University, and Pennsylvania State University.[2] As of 2015, he teaches at University of California, Berkeley.[3]

His work has appeared in Callaloo,[4] Chicago Review, Hambone, Iowa Review, Boundary 2, etc..

Giscombe has also worked as a taxi driver, a hospital orderly, and a railroad brakeman.[5] He acknowledges his childhood fascination with trains as having an influence in his writing, noting that the railroad is "not sentimental...continuous...intimately connected to features of land and water." [6]


  • 1998 Carl Sandburg Award for Giscome Road.
  • 2008 American Book Award for Prairie Style [7]
  • 2010 Stephen Henderson Award.



External links[edit]