Conrad Hilberry

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Conrad Hilberry (1928 – January 11, 2017) was an American poet.


Hilberry went to Oberlin College for his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts, and continued his studies with a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was editor of the literary magazine Passages North and co-editor (with Michael Delp and Herbert Scott) of the anthology Contemporary Michigan Poetry: Poems from the Third Coast (1988).

He was a professor of English at Kalamazoo College from 1962 to 1998. Hilberry's literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[1] Hilberry is the author of nine books of poetry. Hilberry is also the author of Luke Karamazov (1987), a nonfiction first person narrative of two sociopaths. He died at the age of 88 on January 11, 2017 in Kalamazoo from complications of cancer and pneumonia.[2]


  • Encounter on Burrows Hill and Other Poems (1968)
  • Rust (1974)
  • Man In The Attic (1980)
  • Knowing Rivers, You Know the Shape and Bias (1980)
  • The Moon Seen as a Slice of Pineapple (1984)
  • Jacob's Dancing Tune (1986)
  • Luke Karamazov (1987)
  • Sorting the Smoke (1990)
  • Player Piano (2000)
  • The Fingernail of Luck (2005)
  • After-Music (2008)
  • This Awkward Art: Poems by a Father and Daughter (with Jane Hilberry) (Mayapple Press, 2009)


  1. ^ "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Poet Conrad Hilberry, former Kalamazoo College prof, dies in Kalamazoo". Retrieved 13 January 2017. 

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