David Clewell

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David Clewell (born 1955) is an American poet and creative writing instructor at Webster University. From 2010-2012, he served as the Poet Laureate of Missouri.


Clewell was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1955.[1][2] He graduated from University of Wisconsin with a B.A in English.[3] In 1979, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri and earned an M.F.A. in writing from Washington University.[2] In 1985, Clewell began teaching in the English Department at Webster University.[2][4] A year later, he started the Webster University Visiting Writers Series, which he still coordinates.[3]

As an instructor at Webster University, Clewell teaches courses on 19th- and 20th-century literature, as well as poetry workshops and seminars. In 2010, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon noted that Clewell "has a unique perspective on contemporary American life and the characters and ideas that loom large in our recent history."[3]

Clewell is the author of 7 poetry collections and his work has appeared in over 50 journals and magazines,[3] including Harper's,[5] Poetry,[6][7] The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review,[8] The Georgia Review, Ontario Review, New Letters, and Yankee. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry seven times.[3]

He was the poet laureate for the state of Missouri, serving until 2012. He passed the poetic torch to Will Trowbridge.[3]

He lives in Webster Groves, Missouri with his wife Patricia.[2][3]




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  1. ^ "David Clewell: Poet Laureate of Missouri" (2011). Webster University News and Events. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "About David Clewell" (2010). StlToday.com. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Gov. Nixon appoints David Clewell Poet Laureate of Missouri" (2010). Office of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "Faculty" (n.d.). Webster University English Department. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "Clewell, David (1955-)" (1994). Harper's Magazine.
  6. ^ Table of contents. Poetry Magazine (August 1992).
  7. ^ Table of contents. Poetry Magazine (March 2000).
  8. ^ "David Clewell" (n.d.). The Missouri Review online.

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