Elder, Karl 1948–

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Elder, Karl 1948–


Born July 7, 1948, in Beloit, WI; son of Amos L. and Anna Mae Elder; married Brenda Kay Olson, August 23, 1969; children: Seth Wade, Wade Alexander. Ethnicity: "Caucasian (57 varieties)." Education: Northern Illinois University, B.S., 1971, M.S., 1974; Wichita State University, M.F.A., 1977. Politics: "Libertarian-Anarchist." Religion: "Raised Methodist."


Home—Howards Grove, WI. Office—Creative Arts Division, Lakeland College, P.O. Box 359, Sheboygan, WI 53082-0359.


Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, instructor in English, 1977-79; Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI, faculty member, 1979-89, Jacob and Lucile Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and poet in residence, 1990—. Military service: U.S. Army, 1971-73.


Lucien Stryk Award for poetry, 1974; Illinois Arts Council award for poetry, 1975, and project completion grant, 1977; Robert Schuricht Endowment, 1993; Pushcart Prize for Poetry, 2000; Mikrokosmos Poetry Prize, 2002; Lorine Niedecker Award, 2005; Chad Walsh Award, Beloit Poetry Journal, 2006; local teaching award.


Can't Dance an' It's Too Wet to Plow (poetry), Prickly Pear Press (Austin, TX), 1975.

The Celibate (poetry), Prickly Pear Press (Austin, TX), 1982.

Phobophobia (poetry), Prickly Pear Press (Austin, TX), 1987.

(Editor) What Is the Future of Poetry?, Seems Press, 1991.

A Man in Pieces (poetry), Prickly Pear Press (Austin, TX), 1994.

The Geocryptogrammatist's Pocket Compendium of the United States, Robert Schuricht Endowment Editions (Sheboygan, WI), 2001.

The Minimalist's How-to Handbook (poetry), Parallel Press (Madison, WI), 2005.

Mead: Twenty-six Abecedariums (poetry), Marsh River Editions (Marshfield, WI), 2005.

A Chapbook: Some Three Dozen Miniatures from Karl Elder's Rubber Band Bound Batches of Random Locutions (poetry), Lakeland (Sheboygan, WI), 2007.

Gilgamesh at the Bellagio (poetry), National Poetry Review Press, 2007.

Work represented in anthologies, including Interface: Literature and Its Dispositions Margin Books, 1976; The Best American Poetry 2000; The Best AmericanPoetry 2005; Poetry Daily Essentials 2007; and The Pushcart Prize XXV. Contributor of poetry and prose to journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, California Quarterly, Chicago Review, High Plains Literary Review, Indiana Review, Kansas Quarterly, Small Pond, Margins, and Wisconsin Review. Seems, poetry editor, 1973—, editor and publisher, 1978—.



Karl Elder Home Page,http://www.karlelder.com (December 1, 2007).