Michael Van Walleghen

Michael Van Walleghen is the author of six books of poetry, the most recent of which is In the Black Window: Poems New and Selected (2004). He has a Borestone Poetry Award and a Pushcart prize. His second book, More Trouble with the Obvious (1981), was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. He has been the recipient of two National Endowment of the Arts fellowships and several grants from the Illinois Arts Council. He is recently retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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