Dick Lourie

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Dick Lourie is an American poet and the author of eight books. His most recent collection, If the Delta was the Sea, is available from Hanging Loose Press.

Professional life[edit]

In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[1]

He has edited, along with Mark Pawlak, two anthologies of high school writing Smart Like Me and Bullseye. A musician as well as a poet, Lourie plays the tenor sax and trumpet with the Blue Suede Boppers, the G-Clefs, and musician Big Jack Johnson. In 2000, he released a CD, Ghost Radio Blues, a mix of blues and spoken word. He is retired from the University of Massachusetts, where he worked as an editor.[2] The movie Smoke Signals, screenplay by Sherman Alexie, ends poignantly with his poem "Forgiving Our Fathers."

Personal life[edit]

He currently resides in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his wife, Abby Freedman.[3]


  • Ghost Radio. Hanging Loose (1998)
  • If the Delta was the Sea. Hanging Loose (2008)


  1. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968 New York Post
  2. ^ "Talking with Somerville poet/musician Dick Lourie - The Somerville News Blog". Somervillenews.typepad.com. 2005-03-17. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  3. ^ Ghost Radio by Dick Lourie. Hanging Loose Press: Brooklyn, NY; 1998