Gerald Stern

b. 1925
Gerald Stern

Gerald Stern (1925—) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has taught at many universities, including the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. Stern’s career as a poet did not start until he published his first book of poems at age 48. His poetry immediately garnered critical praise, and he began to publish frequently. Over the years he has won several awards, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In his poems, Stern is often tragic, evoking the ruined and the fallen, but with a passionate and exuberant, yet ironic awareness of the world.

What People are Saying

"I did not expect to fall in love with poetry. I just expected to recite and be done with it. After just sitting there and analyzing my poems, I realized that the stories told through these few words mean so much. I had to step out of myself and step into the author's shoes, and with that comes great work."
Kyla Rose Bates
2016 LA POL Champion