Bruce Guernsey is a poet who stands at the edge of things, of relationships, of cornfields, of rivers, of smoke clouds, of memories and photographs — and wonders about the mysteries embodied there. He thinks about these mysteries and shapes them into metaphors that, for a moment, explain so much to him and us. This is his gift.

—John Guzlowski, Poetry Editor

Bruce Guernsey is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University where he taught creative writing and American Literature for twenty-five years. He has also taught at William and Mary, Johns Hopkins, the University of New Hampshire, and Virginia Wesleyan College where he was the poet-in-residence for four years. A graduate with honors from Colgate University, he holds M.A.'s from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins and a PhD from New Hampshire, writing his dissertation on tools as metaphor in Robert Frost's poetry.

Guernsey's poems have appeared in well-known publications such as "Poetry," "The Atlantic," "American Scholar," and many of the quarterlies. His work has also appeared in more diverse places like "Cat Fancy," "The Journal of Medical Opinion," and "Yankee." His books of poetry include Lost Wealth (Basilisk Press, 1974), January Thaw (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982), The Lost Brigade (Water Press and Media, 2004), and New England Primer (Cherry Grove Collections, 2008). He has also published seven chapbooks. He has been honored with fellowships in writing from the NEA, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Three of his poems have been featured in Ted Kooser's national column, "American Life in Poetry." In 2007 Bruce took over the editorship of "The Spoon River Poetry Review." The magazine has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award in both 2008 and 2009. You can find more of his work on his web site: