Paul Zimmer (poet)
He flunked out of college, and worked in a steel mill. From 1954 to 1955 Zimmer served in the United States Army as a journalist. The Ribs of Death, his first book, was published in 1968. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Kent State University in 1968.
- Open Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors
- American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
- 1998 National Poetry Series, for The Great Bird of Love
- Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University in 2004.
- Two NEA fellowships
- Helen Bullis Memorial Award
- Two Pushcart Prizes
- An Ohioana Award in 2005
- The Ribs of Death, October House, 1967
- The Republic of Many Voices, October House, 1969
- A Seed in the Wind, Three Rivers Press, C.M.U., 1975
- The Zimmer Poems. Dryad Press. 1976. ISBN 978-0-931848-16-2.
- With Wanda: Town and Country Poems. Dryad Press. 1980. ISBN 978-0-931848-32-2.
- Family Reunion: Selected and New Poems (1983)
- The Great Bird of Love (1989)
- Big Blue Train. University of Arkansas Press. 1993. ISBN 978-1-55728-297-2.
- Crossing Into Sunlight. University of Georgia Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-8203-1829-5.
- Crossing to Sunlight Revisited. University of Georgia Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-8203-2944-4.
- Garrison Keillor, ed. (2006). "Suck It Up". Good Poems for Hard Times. Penguin Group. ISBN 978-0-14-303767-5.
- Billy Collins, ed. (2003). Poetry 180: a turning back to poetry. Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8129-6887-3.
- Trains in the distance. Kent State University Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-87338-796-5.
- After the fire: a writer finds his place. University of Minnesota Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8166-4019-5.
It is not often that a “new and selected” documents the progressions, departures, and returns of a writer’s consciousness as lucidly and profoundly as Paul Zimmer’s Crossing to Sunlight Revisited (the long-awaited sequel to 1996’s Crossing to Sunlight: Selected Poems). Zimmer’s newer poems are at the start of the book; they chronicle his ascension into, what seems to be, comfortable old age. Note that “old” is not my word here; in fact, in his preface, Zimmer informs us that he is “no longer an aging poet or an older poet.” He says, “I am an old poet.” 
- Earl G. Ingersoll, Judith Kitchen, Stan Sanvel Rubin, eds. (1989). ""The Holy Words", A Conversation with Paul Zimmer". The Post-confessionals: conversations with American poets of the eighties. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. p. 263. ISBN 978-0-8386-3330-4.
- "Crossing to Sunlight Revisited: New and Selected Poems by Paul Zimmer", Cold Front Melinda Wilson, April 20, 2007
- Earl G. Ingersoll, Judith Kitchen, Stan Sanvel Rubin, eds. (1989). ""The Holy Words", A Conversation with Paul Zimmer". The Post-confessionals: conversations with American poets of the eighties. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 978-0-8386-3330-4.