Biography of Stuart Dischell
Stuart Dischell is an American poet and Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. He is also a contributing editor at The Alaska Quarterly Review.
He was born on May 29, 1954 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He studied Literature at Antioch College and received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Writers workshop at the University of Iowa, where he studied poetry with Donald Justice, Stanley Plumly, and Jon Anderson. After graduating Iowa, Dischell moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and taught at Boston University. In 1992, he joined the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Dischell is the author of Good Hope Road, a 1991 National Poetry Series Selection, (Viking, 1993), Evenings & Avenues (Penguin, 1996), Dig Safe (Penguin, 2003), and Backwards Days (Penguin, 2007). A recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Dischell's poems have been published in journals such as The Atlantic, The New Republic, Agni, Ploughshares, Slate, The Kenyon Review, and in anthologies including Essential Pleasures, Hammer and Blaze, The Pushcart Prize, and Good Poems.
Days of Me
When people say they miss me,
I think how much I miss me too,
Me, the old me, the great me,
Lover of three women in one day,
Modest me, the best me, friend
To waiters and bartenders, hearty
Laugher and name rememberer,
Proud me, handsome and hirsute
In soccer shoes and shorts