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Gibbons Named Hooper Chair in the Arts and Humanities

Professor added substantially to TriQuarterly’s international reputation

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November 4, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Reginald Gibbons, professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the Frances Hooper Chair in the Arts and Humanities.

Gibbons arrived at Northwestern University in 1981 to edit TriQuarterly, an international journal of new writing, art and cultural inquiry. In 16 years as editor, he added substantially to TriQuarterly’s international and published the first work of many writers who went on to successful literary careers.

Gibbons was named a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award in Poetry for his 2008 collection of poems titled “Creatures of a Day.” His honors include Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry, the Anisfield World Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Prize and the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize.

His poems have been published in “Best American Poetry” and in Pushcart Prize anthologies. Gibbons is the author of two chapbooks (“In the Warhouse” and “Fern-Texts”) and nine full-length collections, most recently “Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories,” as well as a novel, several volumes of translation and other works.

As a co-founder of TriQuarterly Press in the 1990s, Gibbons created an imprint for contemporary writing that is still very active at Northwestern University Press.

Gibbons directs the University’s Center for the Writing Arts and co-directs the graduate program in creative writing in the School of Continuing Studies.
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