John Graber holds degrees from St. Olaf College (1968) and the Iowa Writers Workshop (1972). More than fifty of his poems have been published in a variety of magazines, among them The American Poetry Review, Christian Century, and The American Review. The Parallel Press honoring Wisconsin poets published his second chapbook, Only on This Planet (2007). John has received a Pushcart Prize nomination for his 2008 book, Thanksgiving Dawn. Of it Marvin Bell said, “It is four decades of poetry that embodies the very passion for life and deep knowledge that defines the art for those who need it…this book was necessary.” 15 poems of John’s have been set to music. The most recent is on Youtube at “Pieta Graber Chiles.”
I hope that Christ’s river runs through my poetry. I hope that Christians see Him there and jump in. I hope secular folks look and say, “Heck of a river!” Recently, going over 50 years of writing, I found a full-length book written from my experience as a Christian with bipolar mood disorder—with all my falls, resurrections, and jolly inbetweens. It’s in final editing. Another more secular book is in early editing. I wish I had the talent to write hymns, but so far I’ve been ridiculous.
Email: Contact John
Website: Iowa Writers Workshop Prairie Lights Archive
Other: Poetry with John Graber