Ohio connection: Birth
Bruce Weigl was born in Lorain, Ohio, 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.