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Bruce TaylorProfessor Emeritus

Bruce is the author of eight collections of poetry, including The Longest You've Lived Anywhere: New & Selected Poems 2013 and editor of eight anthologies including Wisconsin Poetry (Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts & Letters), and with Patti See, Higher Learning, (Prentice Hall 3rd ed.) 2011.

His poetry and translations have appeared in such places as A Year of Being Here, Able Muse, The Chicago Review, The Columbia Review, The Cortland Review , The Formalist, Literary Salt, Light, The Nation, The New York Quarterly, The Northwest Review, Poetry, Rattle, Rosebud, Slow Trains, Verse Wisconsin, Your Daily Poem and on Writer's Almanac.

His fiction has appeared in such magazines and anthologies as The Arabesque Review, Bar Stories, Carve, E2ink-1: the Best of the Online Journals, You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories, Families, The Best Flash Fiction of the 21st Century and "Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction", Slow Trains, and The Vestal Review.

Taylor has lectured at Jinan University in Zhuhai, People's Republic of China, been a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Koreyo University, Seoul, South Korea, a member of the Literature Panel of the Wisconsin Arts Board and host of The Writer's Workshop: Wisconsin ETN as well as a program scholar and consultant for the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the L.E. Phillips Library, the Annenberg/CPB Project and Drexel's University First Year Experience Program.  

He has won awards and Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Fulbright-Hayes, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Council of Wisconsin Writers, the Bush Artist Foundation and the Excellence In Scholarship award from UWEC. He is the current Poet Laureate of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and lives with his wife, the writer, Pattie See on Lake Hallie.

Curriculum Vita (Selected)


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Available for Readings, Workshops and Presentations, including:

  • “The Muse in the Machine: Creative Computing for Teachers and Writers"
    • Using Microsoft Word to inspire and enable teachers, students, and writers

  • “Life Writing:  Writing for Your Life"
    • The pleasures and benefits of life long writing for life long learners

  • “Why Poetry Matters, Even If You Never Read Any"
    • How the basic elements of poetry can inform and enlighten our understanding of almost everything else

  • Image-ing   911
    • Examining 911 as the most imaged event in the history and what it can tell us about ourselves, and the world we must live in after it

  • The Trouble with Don Juan
    • A history and examination of the great male lover in Literature and Art