John Taggart

John Taggart
Iowa / United States
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John Taggart (born 1942) is an American poet and critic.
He was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa. He graduated with honors in 1965 from Earlham College in Indiana, earning a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy. In 1966 he received a M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Chicago, and in 1974 he completed a Ph.D. i ...
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