Born: August 19, 1964
Ohio connection: Resident
David Hassler grew up in Kent, graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School. Hassler received a B.A. from Cornell University in New York and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The author of two books of poetry, Sabishi: Poems from Japan (1994) and Red Kimono, Yellow Barn (2005), he is the program and outreach director for the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. He is co-editor of two anthologies, both published in 1999: Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School and After the Bell: Contemporary American Prose about School. Hassler is co-author, with photographer Gary Harwood, of Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community (2006). Growing Season received the Ohioana Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Honor Book Award, and was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award.
Hassler’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Sun, DoubleTake/Points of Entry, and the Indiana Review and other journals. He speaks widely at state and national conferences on issues of poetry and education. David Hassler lives with his family in Kent, Ohio.
Ohio Poet of the Year, 2006; Ohioana Book Award and the Carter G. Woodson Honor Book Award, 2007 for Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community.