Bruce Lader's second full-length book is Landscapes of Longing (Main Street Rag, 2009). His first full-length book, Discovering Mortality, was a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell Award and Roanoke Chowan Award. A former Writer-in Residence at the Wurlitzer Colony, and recipient of an honorarium from the College of Creative Studies at UC-Santa Barbara, he has published poems in over 100 international journals, including Poetry, New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, New Millennium Writings, the Humanist, Contemporary Verse 2, .Cent, International Poetry Review, Confrontation, Main Street Rag, Malahat Review, and Poetry Salzburg Review. Readings of his poetry have been given on the radio in Santa Barbara and Taos. Bruce is the Founding Director of Bridges Tutoring, an organization educating multicultural students. He holds a Master of Science degree in Special Education, and completed his poetry Master's Thesis in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University.
The lyrical roots of my writing were nurtured by Hart Crane, E.E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, W.B. Yeats, and by the classical music my father listened to, especially Chopin's etudes, preludes and nocturnes. My university studies and teaching profession led to a growing interest in psychology. As I evolved a more narrative style, variations on conceptual themes found in jazz music and in the work of certain poets and fiction writers influenced me. I found affinity in the work of the so-called "confessional" poets, and more recently in the work of Stephen Dunn, Mary Oliver, Robert Bly, Derek Walcott, Philip Levine, Frederick Seidel, and others.
"Agrigento, Sicily (July 17, 1943)," forthcoming in the anthology, Against Agamemnon: War Poems.
"Our Own Blood," forthcoming in New York Quarterly.
March Street Press
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