Born: January 27, 1949
Ohio connection: Birth
Bruce Weigl was born January 27, 1949, in Lorain, OH; son of Albert Louis (a foundry worker) and Zora (Grasa) (a packing plant worker. Weigl has published numerous books of poetry, including Like a Sack Full of Old Quarrels (1976), What Saves Us (1992), and Sweet Lorain (1996). In 2000, he published The Circle of Hanh, a memoir that chronicles his return to Vietnam to adopt a daughter. Weigl is currently Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities at Lorain County Community College. Weigl lives in Oberlin, Ohio.
Prize from American Academy of Poets, 1979; Pushcart prizes, Pushcart Press, 1980, for the poem “Temple near Quang Tri: Not on the Map,” and 1985; fellowship in poetry, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 1981; grant from National Endowment for the Arts, 1988; Pulitzer Prize nomination, 1988, for Song of Napalm; Yaddo Foundation fellowship.