Nebraska Authors

Charles Fort

Born 1951 New Britain, CT (USA)

Places Lived

Kearney, NE
Hartford, CT
New Haven, CT
Bowling Green, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Wilmington, NC
Adrian, MI
New Orleans, LA

Author Of

  • Poetry
  • Visual Work


Poetry; Prose Poems; Film


Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, 1974, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Poetry, 1977, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH


Instructor of English
Associate Professor of English
Professor of English Emeritus
Distinguished Reynolds Chair of Poetry at the University of Nebraska-Kearney

Places Worked

University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, 1977-79
Greater Hartford Community College, Hartford, CT, 1978-79
Xavier University, New Orleans, LA, 1979-82
University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC, 1982-1990
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, 1992-1993
University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, NE, 1997-


Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, 1985
Mary Carolyn Davis Award from Poetry Society of America
Open Voice Poetry Award by The Writer's Voice, 1994
Reynolds Endowed Chair in Poetry at University of Nebraska-Kearney, 1997-2007
John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, September 15, 2005


The Town Clock Burning. 1985.
Darvil 1993.
As the Lilac Burned the Laurel Grew. 1999.
Immortelles. 2000.
Afro Psalms: A Sonnet Redouble. 2000.
The Poet's Wife in Memoriam: Reynolds Chair, Book 6. 2002.
We Did Not Fear the Father. 1998.
Frankenstein Was a Negro: Darvil Book 2. 2002.
The Vagrant Hours: Reynolds Chair, Book 5. 2002.
Blues of a Mumbling Train: Early Poems, 1964-1974. 2004. (CD with bound notes)

Poems in these reviews and journals:
Prairie Schooner
Nebraska Review
Mississippi Review
Georgia Review
American Poetry Review
Colorado Review

Work in poetry anthologies including:
The Best American Poetry. 2000.
The Best American Poetry. 2003.
The Best of Prose Poem International.
A New Geography of Poetry.
The Carnegie-Mellon Anthology of Poetry.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017.

View Charles Fort's presentation at the September 2005 Ames Reading Series:

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