Starbuck, George Edwin


Born: June 15, 1931
Died: August 15, 1996
Ohio connection: Birth

George Edwin Starbuck, son of George W. and Margaret Beiswanger, was born in 1931 in Columbus, Ohio. His name was legally changed from Beiswanger to Starbuck. He attended the California Institute of Technology, 1947-49; the University of California, 1950-51; the University of Chicago, 1954-57; and Harvard University, 1957-58. He was married three times, to Janice King (1958); Judith Luraschi (1962); and Kathy Dermand (1968). He had five children from the first two marriages.

His career began with a position as editor in the trade department of the Houghton Mifflin Company, 1958-61. He was a fellow in the American Academy in Rome, 1961-63; librarian and lecturer, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1963-64; associate professor, University of Iowa Writers Workshop, 1964-67, and director, 1967-70; professor of creative writing and director of graduate programs, Boston University, 1971-1996. Starbuck published a number of poetry books, including Bone ThoughtsWhite PaperElegy in a Country Church YardDesperate Measures; and The Argot Merchants Disaster: Poems. Two books have been published since his death:Visible Ink in 2002; and The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades in 2003. He also contributed poetry to various periodicals, including the New YorkerSaturday ReviewYale ReviewPoetry, and the Atlantic. His poetry tended to deal openly with issues of love, war, spirituality, and other social concerns. George Starbuck died August 15, 1996.

Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, 1960; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial fellowship, 1961; American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award in literature, 1983; Prix de Rome of American Academy of Arts and Letters.