Meet David Clewell — National Poetry Month Featured Poet for April 1st
April 1st has arrived! It’s National Poetry Month!
I’ll kick off the celebration by introducing you to my own favorite poet (and old friend) David Clewell.
David Clewell has published nine collections of poems — most recently, Almost Nothing to be Scared Of — and two book-length poems (The Conspiracy Quartet and Jack Ruby’s America). His work has appeared regularly in a wide variety of magazines, including Harper’s, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Ontario Review, New Letters, and Yankee. His poetry is represented in five-dozen anthologies. He’s been the recipient of the Pollak Poetry Prize (for Now We’re Getting Somewhere) and the Lavan Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His Blessings in Disguise was a winner in the National Poetry Series. He directs the Creative Writing program at Webster University in St. Louis, and coordinates the attendant Visiting Writer Series, which he started in 1986. He was the Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2010–2012.
Here’s what Billy Collins had to say about David’s work:
“David Clewell is an exuberant, inexhaustible poet and an insider on such diverse American arcana as forgotten Hollywood actors, flying saucers, CIA shenanigans, comic books, cereal favors, beatnik kitsch, and jazz. His unstoppable narrative energy and his multi-layered curiosity are almost enough to drive this poet out to the far right side of the page. His elegy for a federal agent who jumped out a window on LSD is alone worth the price of this collection of Clewell at his best, his most Clewellian.”
Now We’re Getting Somewhere reviewed by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Words That Matter: David Clewell interviewed in Playback: St. Louis Magazine.
Poet Laureate of Missouri (2010–2012), David Clewell Audio Story on PRX (1 hour interview style radio show)