Bruce Bond Poetry

About Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond is the author of over thirty-five books including, Lunette (with Walter Cochran-Bond, Wishing Jewell Editor’s Selection, Green Linden, 2024), Therapon (with Dan Beachy-Quick, Tupelo, 2023), Vault (Richard Snyder Prize, Ashland, 2023), Patmos (Juniper Prize, UMass, 2021), Behemoth (New Criterion Prize, 2021), Liberation of Dissonance (Schaffner Award for Literature in Music, Schaffner, 2022), and Invention of the Wilderness (LSU, 2023), plus two books of criticism, Immanent Distance (U. of Michigan, 2015) and Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019).

Other honors include the Crab Orchard Open Competition Book Prize, the Elixir Press Poetry Award, the L. E. Phillabaum Award, the Tampa Review Book Prize, the Allen Tate Award, the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Award, two Texas Institute of Letters Best Book of Poetry Prizes, the Meringoff Prize, the Richard Peterson Prize, the Meridian Editors’ Award in Poetry, the New South Poetry Award, the Knightville Poetry Award, the Laurence Goldstein Award, the River Styx International Poetry Award, the Test Site Poetry Award, the James Dickey Prize, and fellowships from the NEA and the Texas Institute for the Arts. 

His work appears in numerous journals and anthologies including seven editions of Best American Poetry.  Bruce teaches part-time as a Regents Emeritus Professor of English at the University of North Texas and performs jazz and classical guitar in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Forthcoming Books

  • The Silent Conversation (Vern Rutsala Prize, Editor’s Selection, Cloudbank Books).
  • The Mirror, the Patch, the Telescope (Co-authored with David Keplinger, MadHat Press).
  • The Dove of the Morning News (Test Site Poetry Prize, University of Nevada Press)

Published Books

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Wishing Jewel Prize Editor’s Selection


Richard Snyder Prize


Nicholas Schaffner Award for Literature in Music


Juniper Award


New Criterion Poetry Prize