Nebraska Authors

Gray Burr

AKA: Alfred Gray Burr

Born 1919-03-10 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 2001-11-19
Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Los Angeles National Cemetery

American Poet born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Chicago, IL
Cambridge, MA
Medford, MA
Norton, MA
Paltz, NY
Truro, MA
Los Angeles, CA

Author Of

  • Poetry




High School Diploma, Omaha Central High School, Omaha, NE
Undergraduate Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1943, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Master of Arts Degree, 1949, Harvard, University, Cambridge, MA


English Instructor, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Assistant Professor of English, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Associate Professor of English, State University of New York, Paltz, NY

Places Worked

Tufts University, Medford, MA
Wheaton College, Norton, MA
State University of New York, Paltz, NY


Faculty Fellowship, State University of New York, 1968
Ingram Merrill Foundation Award for Poetry, 1970


American Association of University Professors


A Choice of Attitudes. 1969.
Annex 21. Number 1 : 3 Former Nebraskans Look Back. with Michael Anania and John McKernon, 1978.
The Moon by Day.
Leaving the House.
A Seasonal Strategy. 2001.

Poetry also published in various magazines including:
New Yorker
Massachusetts Review
Poetry Today

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