Albert Goldbarth is the Adele B. Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities. He received a master’s degree in fine arts from Iowa. Professor Goldbarth is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and three collections of essays. His Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology won the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1992; another collection, Saving Lives, won in 2002; and Many Circles: New & Selected Essays, published by Graywolf Press, won the creative nonfiction division of the PEN Center USA’s Literary Awards for 2002. His recent full-length works include his poetry collection, Everyday People, published in 2012, and his volume The End of Space, published in simultaneous paperbound and hardbound editions.
Goldbarth’s poetry has received a Guggenheim fellowship and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has appeared in such venues as Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper’s and the New York Times. His newest poetry collection, Selfish, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015.
The April 2012 Yale Review features a nine-page consideration of Everyday People saying that “it is one of his best books and makes a fine occasion to see the pleasures his style -- and, sometimes, no other style -- provides." The TriQuarterly Online review of the same book concludes that "this new collection is a generous, expansive investigation of the richness, the struggle and the beauty that pervade the lives of us all. It is the work of a remarkable thinker who, like Charles Darwin, significantly expands our understanding and appreciation of the world."