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|Born||Thomas Norman Lux
December 10, 1946
|Died||February 5, 2017
|Occupation||Poet, college teacher|
|Notable awards||Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award|
Thomas Lux (December 10, 1946 – February 5, 2017) was an American poet who held the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology and ran Georgia Tech's "Poetry @ Tech" program. He was the author of fourteen books of poetry.
Early life and education
Thomas Lux was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, son of a milkman and a Sears & Roebuck switchboard operator, neither of whom graduated from high school. Lux was raised in Massachusetts on a dairy farm.
Lux was a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, where he taught for twenty-seven years, from 1975 until 2001. He was also a core faculty member of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers. In 1996 he was a visiting professor at University of California, Irvine. A former Guggenheim Fellow and three times a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lux received, in 1995, the $50,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his sixth collection, Split Horizons. In 2003, Lux was awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Emerson College. His poems were featured in many notable anthologies, including American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) .
At the time of his death in February 2017, Lux was the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he began teaching in 2001. At Georgia Tech he ran their "Poetry at Tech" program, which included one of the best known poetry reading series in the country, along with community outreach classes and workshops.
Lux died at his home in Atlanta, Georgia on February 5, 2017. The cause of death was lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Holley Lux and a daughter from a previous marriage, Claudia Lux.
- "The Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Chair in Poetry: Thomas Lux". Poetry at Tech. Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- "Thomas Lux – Poetry @ Tech". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
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- Lux describes the genesis and development of the program in "The Poem Is a Bridge: Poetry@Tech," in: Humanistic Perspectives in a Technological World, ed. Richard Utz, Valerie B. Johnson, and Travis Denton (Atlanta: School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014), pp. 72–5.