Walter Bargen

Walter Bargen

About Walter Bargen

Walter Bargen is an American poet. He wrote his first poem in high school, and has since been published in approximately one hundred magazines. His first book was published in 1980, Fields of Thenar. In the 1990s, he wrote several works about Missouri, such as one volume which focused on the Missouri River. Walter Bargen has published 25 books of poetry. Recent books include: You Wounded Miracle (Liliom Verlag, 2021), Pole Dancing in the Night Club of God (Red Mountain Press, 2020), Until Next Time (Singing Bone Press, 2019), Too Quick for the Living (Moon City Press, 2017) and My Other Mother’s Red Mercedes (Lamar University Press, 2018). His awards include: a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Chester H. Jones Foundation Award, and the William Rockhill Nelson Award. He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2010). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 300 magazines, including American Literary Review, American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, Missouri Review, New Letters, New Novel Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, River Styx, Seneca Review and Sycamore Review.
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