Ernest Hilbert

b. 1970
Ernest Hilbert
Born in Philadelphia and raised in southern New Jersey, poet, critic, and editor Ernest Hilbert received a BA from Rutgers University and a PhD in English literature from St. Catherine’s College of Oxford University. In his debut collection, Sixty Sonnets (2009), Hilbert establishes a variation on the sonnet form, employing an intricate rhyme scheme and varied line length. A skillful practitioner of form and nuance, Hilbert shifts between delicately sonic moments and humorous narrative sequences. Hilbert founded the Oxford Quarterly and E-Verse Radio. Hilbert lives with his wife in Philadelphia, where he works as a rare book dealer.

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