Laurence Lieberman

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Laurence Lieberman
In office
Personal details
Born Laurence Lieberman
(1935-02-15) February 15, 1935 (age 82)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Bernice Lieberman (1956–)
Children Mira Lieberman
Issac Lieberman
Deborah Lieberman
Residence Urbana, Illinois
Alma mater

University of Michigan

University California
Profession Professor

Laurence James Lieberman is an American poet and professor.

Born February 16, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan, he studied at the University of Michigan, (BA 1956, MA 1958) and did graduate study (1958–60) at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at Orange Coast College, 1960–64; College of the Virgin Islands, 1964–68; and since 1968 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as professor of English and creative writing.


He is married to his wife of 60 years Bernice Lieberman. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Lieberman attended medical school before leaving to pursue his passion for poetry.


  • Carib's Leap: Selected and New Poems of the Caribbean, poetry (Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 2005).
  • Hour of the Mango Black Moon, poetry (Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 2004).
  • Flight from the Mother Stone, poetry (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000).
  • The Regatta in the Skies: Selected Long Poems, poetry (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999).
  • Compass of the Dying: Poems, poetry (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1998).
  • Dark Songs: Slave House and Synagogue: Poems, poetry (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1996).
  • Beyond the Muse of Memory: Essays on Contemporary American Poets, nonfiction (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1995).
  • New and Selected Poems, 1962-92, poetry (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993).
  • The Creole Mephistopheles , poetry (New York: Scribner's, 1989).
  • The Mural of Wakeful Sleep, poetry (New York: Macmillan, 1985).
  • Eros at the World Kite Pageant: Poems 1979-82, poetry (New York: Macmillan, 1983).
  • God's Measurements, poetry (New York: Macmillan, 1980).
  • Unassigned Frequencies: American Poetry in Review 1964-77, nonfiction (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1977).
  • The Osprey Suicides, poetry (New York: Macmillan, 1973).
  • The Achievement of James Dickey: A Comprehensive Selection of His Poems with a Critical Introduction, (editor), nonfiction (New York: Scott, Foresman, 1969).
  • The Unblinding, poetry (New York: Macmillan, 1968).

Other Publications[edit]

Laurence Lieberman has been published in "every major venue for poetry in America," including The New Yorker, Poetry Weekly, Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Harpers, The Hudson Review, among them.


Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2005.