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Frank Bidart Biography | Poet

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Frank Bidart (b. 1939 in Bakersfield, California) is an American poet. In 1957, he began to study at the University of California at Riverside. In 1962, he began studying with Robert Lowell and Reuben Brower at Harvard. He is currently a professor of English at Wellesley College.


  • A book of poems, Desire, published in 1997. It received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and the 1998 Bobbitt Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.
  • Music Like Dirt, 2002, the only poetry chapbook ever nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
  • A book of poems in two sections, Star Dust, 2005.

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