Bruce Guernsey is
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University where he taught creative writing and American Literature for
twenty-five years. He has also taught at William and Mary, Johns Hopkins, the University of New Hampshire, and Virginia Wesleyan
College where he was the poet in residence for four years. A graduate with honors from Colgate University, he holds M.A.'s
from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins and a PhD from New Hampshire, writing his dissertation on tools as metaphor
in Robert Frost's poetry.
Bruce's poems have appeared in well-known publications such as Poetry, The Atlantic,
American Scholar, and many of the quarterlies. His work has also appeared in more diverse places like Cat Fancy,
The Journal of Medical Opinion, and Yankee. His books of poetry include Lost Wealth (Basilisk
Press, 1974), January Thaw (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982), The Lost Brigade (Water
Press and Media, 2004), and New England Primer (Cherry Grove Collections, 2008). He has also published
seven chapbooks. He has been honored with fellowships in writing from the NEA, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf
Writers' Conference. Three of his poems have been featured in Ted Kooser's “American Life in Poetry,” and another
will be appearing in 2011. In 2006, Bruce was invited to edit The Spoon River Poetry Review through the winter/spring issue
of 2010. The magazine received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for both 2008 and 2009.
His prose has also found
publication in a variety of magazines, including War, Literature, and the Arts, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and
Fly Rod & Reel. His essay, "The Raven's Gift," won the creative nonfiction award from the journal, Flyway.
The recipient of Fulbright Lectureships to Portugal and Greece, Bruce has twice sailed around the world with Semester at Sea.
his teaching, Dr. G. was awarded seven faculty excellence awards while at EIU, and in 1992 was awarded the State of Illinois
Board of Governors' Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor offered in that state system. He was also twice nominated
for the Carnegie Institute United States Professor of the Year.
He and his wife, the artist and jeweler Victoria
Woollen-Danner, divide their time between Charleston, Illinois and their new home in Bethel, Maine. Together, they have five
children and two granddaughters, plus a Gordon setter named Yaz and a big-fat cat known as Boggs. All in the family are long-suffering
Boston Red Sox fans.