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Gary L. Myers was born May 23, 1950 in Great Falls, Montana, but grew up in Boston, New York, Utah, Texas, South Dakota, and Nebraska-moving every so often as a result of his father's position with the Federal Soil Conservation Service. Dr. Myers graduated with a B.S. from the University of Nebraska, M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, and Ph.D. from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program.

Listed in Poets & Writers, New York, NY, Dr. Myers has published over 100 poems internationally in such prestigious periodicals as The New Yorker, Poetry, Indiana Review, Crazyhorse, Poetry Toronto, Kansas Quarterly, American Poetry Monthly, Louisville Review, Albany Review, Poetry Northwest, Antigonish Review, and others. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize (1997-98), his poem "Blue Skies" was the Editor's Choice in Pleiades. Moreover, two of his collections have been awarded The Stanley Hanks Poetry Prize and the Riverstone Press Poetry Award.

Dr. Myers came to MSU in 1989 from Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA, where he chaired the Department of English. A recipient of the John Grisham Faculty Excellence Award, he presently serves as Director of Freshman English, as well as teaches Creative Writing and 20th-century Poetics. Dr. Myers is not only a recognized poet and teacher, but an accomplished musician on contrabass, electric bass, and guitar, as well.


Lifetime Possessions

Myers, Gary L.
Publisher: Riverstone Press
1997

Lifetime Possessions, winner of the 1997 Riverstone Press Poetry Award, is a collection of poems that entertain the ephemeral nature of our most valued possessions. The poems touch on family members, as well as friends, as topics or points for departure. An introspective collection, several of the poems also investigate the self as it changes through the passage of time.



World Effects

Myers, Gary L.
Publisher: St. Louis Poetry Center
1990

World Effects, winner of the 1990 Stanley Hanks Poetry Prize, spans life experiences from childhood to death. Set in multiple contexts, the poems range from familial settings to the infamous concentration camp, Dachau. Surreal in style, many of the poems employ expressionistic imagery in order to achieve a poignant, psychological sense.