Bruce Weigl, Ph.D.
- "Healing the Veteran:
- The Veteran Writer"
- Friday, October 28
Poet and author Bruce Weigl is Distinguished Professor at Lorain County Community College. He enlisted in the Army shortly after his 18th birthday serving in Vietnam from December 1967 to December 1968, where he received the Bronze Star.
After receiving the PhD, he taught at the University of Arkansas, Old Dominion University, and Pennsylvania State University, where he was promoted to full professor. His prolific body of work includes over 25 books, including 13 works of poetry; he has translated widely from Vietnamese and has published three books of translations.
His work has earned him numerous awards, his first from the American Academy of Poets in 1979. Since then, he has received two Pushcart Prizes, a Patterson Poetry Prize, a Yaddo Foundation Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Fellowship in Poetry, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in Arts and Creative Writing. He was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Song of Napalm, and his most recent work, The Abundance of Nothing, 2013, was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.