Karl Elder



Karl - Contact us for the creative works of Karl Elder, specializing in works of and on poetry.

Karl Elder is the Jacob and Lucile Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence at Lakeland College as well as author of nine collections of poetry, including Gilgamesh at the Bellagio, forthcoming from The National Poetry Review Prize Book Series; Phobophobia;  A Man in Pieces; The Geocryptogrammatist's Pocket Compendium of the United States; The Minimalist's How-to  Handbook; and, from Marsh River Editions of Marshfield, Wisconsin, Mead: Twenty-six Abecedariums.  His work has also appeared in A Fine Excess: Fifty Years of the Beloit Poetry Journal; September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond;  Poetry Daily Essentials 2007; and many  other anthologies.  

Among his honors are a Pushcart Prize, two appearances in the Best American Poetry series, the Chad Walsh Award, the Lorine Niedecker Award, the Lucien Stryk Award, grants from the Illinois Arts Council for poetry and fiction, Lakeland's Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Robert Schuricht Endowment. For many years and since its inception, Mr. Elder has been associated with the literary magazine Seems—originally as a contributor, followed by poetry editor, and, since 1978, editor and publisher. 

A member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, Elder is active in Scouting, for which his sons, Seth and Wade, serve as professionals in the organization. Elder and his wife, Brenda, a CCRN, live in Howards Grove, Wisconsin. 


See the Marsh River Editions website for Karl's latest schedule of readings.

Visit Tom Montag's website The Middlewesterner to read "The ABC's of Poetry: an Interview with Karl Elder."

Read Karl Elder’s tribute to a 'fun' poem, and to his father, in "The Sense in Nonsense."   

Karl Elder, Fessler Professor of Creative Writing
and Poet in Residence
Lakeland College - P.O. Box 359
Sheboygan, WI 53082-0359
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