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Reg Saner

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Reginald Saner was born in Jacksonville, Illinois. He earned his BA at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin then served in the military during the Korean War. He then studied philosophy and Renaissance culture at the University of Illinois and in Florence, Italy, under a Fulbright Scholarship.

Saner is the author of Red Letters (Quarterly Review of Literature, 1989), recipient of the “45th Anniversary” Award from Quarterly Review of Literature; Essay on Air (Ohio Review Books, 1984); and So This Is the Map (Random House, 1981), selected by Derek Walcott as the winner of the National Poetry Series. He was the recipient of the first Walt Whitman Award, chosen by William Meredith for his collection Climbing into the Roots (Harper & Row, 1976).

In a review of So This Is the Map, J. D. McClatchey wrote, “Reg Saner’s poems are about the process of knowing the world, about its mysterious reflection of depths within us. To mistake him for a naturalist would be to miss the refined power of his meditative song.”

Saner’s honors include a Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among others.

Saner is professor emeritus of English at the University of Colorado Boulder and lives in Colorado.


Selected Bibliography

Red Letters (Quarterly Review of Literature, 1989)
Quarterly Review of Literature; Essay on Air (Ohio Review Books, 1984)
So This Is the Map (Random House, 1981)
Climbing into the Roots (Harper & Row, 1976)