David Gewanter

District of Columbia, United States

Member Since: 11/07/2010

David Gewanter's new book of poems is Fort Necessity (2018); several of its poems consider the body broken by work, from the Carnegie era to the Koch brothers.  He is author of three previous poetry books, also from U. Chicago Press: War Bird (2009); The Sleep of Reason (2003); and In the Belly (1997).  He is co-editor of: Robert Lowell: Collected Poems (FSG/Faber, 2003); its poems comprise Robert Lowell: Selected Poems (FSG, 2007).  Awards include the Zacharis First Book Prize; James Laughlin Prize (finalist); the Witter Bynner fellowship: the Whiting Award; the Academy of American Poets prize, Hopwood Award, Eisner Prize, Levenson Prize (teaching), and others.  For the Lowell edition: the Ambassador Book Award from the English-Speaking Union, and “Book of the Year” from Contemporary Poetry Review.  His work appears in Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Poet Lore, Poetry International, Threepenny, Literary Imagination, Smartish Pace, New Ohio Review, Times Higher Education Supplement (UK), and elsewhere.  He teaches at Georgetown.


  • War Bird , University of Chicago Press (2009)
  • The Sleep of Reason , University of Chicago Press (2003)
  • In the Belly , University of Chicago Press (1997)
  • Robert Lowell: Collected Poems , FSG/Faber (2003)
  • Robert Lowell: New Selected Poems , FSG (2007)


  • Zacharis First Book Award(1998)
  • Witter Bynner Award(1999)
  • Whiting Award(2001)
  • Hopwood Award(1980)
  • Academy of American Poets(1986)
  • Harvard Magazine(1984)
  • Eisner Prize(1989)
  • Levenson (teaching)(1995)
  • Ambassador Book Award(2004)
  • "Book of the Year" - Contemporary Poetry Review(2004)