Professor Emeritus

University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire 



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 Bruce Taylor taught Composition, Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 1972-2007.


He has lectured at Jinan University in Zhuhai, People's Republic of China, been a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Koreyo University, Seoul, South Korea, a member of the Literature Panel of the Wisconsin Arts Board and host of The Writer's Workshop: Wisconsin ETN ,as well as a program scholar and consultant for the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the L.E. Phillips Library, the Annenberg/CPB Project and Drexel's University First Year Experience Program.  


He has won awards and Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Fulbright-Hayes, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Council of Wisconsin Writers, the Bush Artist Foundation and the Excellence in Scholarship award from UWEC. He was  Poet Laureate of Eau Claire, Wisconsin from 2011-2016 and is current curator of Local Lit for Volume One. He lives with his wife, the writer, Patti See on Lake Hallie.


He is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, including  The Longest You've Lived Anywhere: New & Selected Poems 2013, five chapbooks including This Day, and editor of eight anthologies including Wisconsin Poetry (Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts & Letters), and with Patti See, Higher Learning, (Prentice Hall 3rd ed.) 2011.


His poetry and translations have appeared in such places as: A Year of Being Here, Able Muse, The American Journal of Poetry,  The Cortland Review , The Formalist, Literary Salt, Light, The Nation, The New York Quarterly, The Northwest Review, Peacock Journal, Poetry, Rattle, Rosebud, Six FoldSlow TrainsVerse WisconsinYour Daily Poem and on Writer's Almanac.


His fiction has appeared in such magazines and anthologies as The Arabesque ReviewBar Stories, Carve, E2ink-1: the Best of the Online JournalsYou Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories, Families, The Best Flash Fiction of the 21st Century ,Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, Slow Trains, and The Vestal Review.




SELECTIONS FROM PITY THE WORLD, WHWC FM 88.3, produced by Mary Jo Wagner for WPR




LINER NOTES: THE JOYNT with videographer Chuck Frank, produced by Jo Garreth for In Wisconsin, WHA-TV/DT, Madison





The Muse in the Machine: Creative Computing for Teachers and Writers”: Using Microsoft Word to inspire and enable teachers, students, and writers


Life Writing:  Writing for Your Life:: The pleasures and rewards of life long writing for lifelong learners


Writing Something:” Tips, Tricks, Starters, Prompts, Games And More.



CURRICULUM VITA (selected) 9/5/2018




 University of Arkansas, M.F.A., 1972, Creative Writing; University of Arkansas, M.A., 1972, English; Bridgewater State College,1968, English/Drama




Creative Writing, Contemporary American Literature, Modern Poetry, The Literature of Love and Romance, The Great White Male, The Art of the Adaptation, The First Year Experience


EXPERIENCE (selected)


2011-2015 Poet Laureate, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; 2013 -- present Curator, Local Lit,  Volume One Magazine; 2012 Judge, Able Muse Poetry Prize; 2012- 2017 Creator and Director of “Third Thursday @ The Gallery,” in conjunction with the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council at The State Theater; 2012-2014 Creator and Director of “OUTLOUD” at The Acoustic Café, Eau Claire Wi; 2011-2015 Creator and Director of Writers Read, L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire Wi.; 2008 Invited Lecturer  (Five Lectures) Jinan University, Zhuhai, People’s Republic of China: 2007 Final judge for annual poetry award for Wisconsin People and Ideas ; 2006  Program Scholar, "Love Stories: Stage, Page and Screen." L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire Wisconsin; 2000;Consultant, Drexel University FYE Program Development and Implementation: The First Year Experience; 1999

Program Scholar for The Booker Prize, a series of four presentations on recent Booker Award Winning Novels at the Eau Claire Public Library, funded by The Wisconsin Humanities Council; 1998  Program Scholar for John Updike’s America, a series of four presentations on The Rabbit Tetralogy at the Eau Claire Public Library, funded by The Wisconsin Humanities Council; 1995  Program Scholar for The Genius of Toni Morrison, a series of four presentations on selected novels by Toni Morrison at the Eau Claire Public Library, funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council; 1994   Program Scholar for Poets in Person, a series of five presentations on selected Contemporary American Poets at the Eau Claire Public Library, funded by The Wisconsin Humanities Council.

1990-1993 Editorial Board The Wisconsin Academy Review; 1988-1992 Poetry Editor, Transactions: Journal of Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences; 1979-1994 Editor and Publisher of Upriver Press; 1974-1978 Editor/Publisher Red Weather Press.





2018 Next Door, Nominated for Best of the Webb Award by Postcard Poems and Prose

2017, Finalist, Writer’s Digest Poetry Award; 2016 ;

2015 Finalist River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest ;

2015 “Good News Bad News” nominated by Rattle for Pushcart Press 2015 Best of the Small Press Award;

           2012 Finalist New Ohio Review Poetry Prize; 

2006  Distinguished Achievement Award Wisconsin Council of Writers; 

2005   "Defending Your Spouse," finalist, The Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction offered by the Mid-Atlantic Review, Bowling Green University; 

2004 Excellence in Scholarship Award UWEC; 

2002 Short Fiction, “Exercise” winner of a Mild Horse Press Anthology Best of the Webb Award; 2002; Short Fiction, “

The Second Person” finalist in the Firebox Fiction Award sponsored by Night Train Magazine;

 2002 1st Place Whiskey Island  National Poetry Award offered by Cleveland State University;

1998  Poem “Foreigner” selected to be included in the Midwest Express Center Public  Art Project.  The poem is incorporated as an architectural part of the Midwest Express Center ;

1996 Finalist, Robert Penn Warren Award for Poetry, Cumberland Review;

1993 Bush Artist Fellowship ($33,000), Bush Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota;

1984  Finalist, Starrett Award for Poetry, University of Pittsburgh Press;

1983  Senior Lecturer, Fulbright-Hays Award, Koreyo University, South Korea;

1981 Wisconsin Arts Board Creative Writing Fellowship ($3000): Judge, James Merrill;

1977 Editor, Publisher of “Red Weather,” listed by Pushcart Press Best of the Small Press as “one of America’s outstanding literary magazines.”;

1976 Advisor to NOTA, winner of 2nd (75) and 1st (76) CCLM/NEH Contest for Undergraduate Creative Writing Magazines;

1972 Kenneth Patchen Award for Poetry, University of Arkansas.




English Composition, Introduction to Creative Writing, American Literature: 1945-present, The Film and Fiction of the Vietnam War, Poetry Workshop, Fiction Workshop, Contemporary American Poetry, Love in Western Literature, The Great White Male, Honors: Love in the Western World, Honors: The Art of the Adaptation.




 “Changing Values in Recent American Literature,” International American Studies Conference, Sorak San, South Korea.


 “Love in Western Literature,” Annual Meeting of South East Asian International PEN, Tegu, South Korea.


 “Images of Self: Male and Female in Contemporary American Poetry,” Adelaide International Writer’s Festival, Adelaide, South Australia


 “Bringing It All Back Home: Vietnam Novels of the Home Front,” American Popular Cultural Association, Montreal.


 “The Vietnam War Movie: A Twenty Year Retrospective,” PCA/ACA Toronto.


 “Using Imaginative Literature To Ease the Transition to College for First Year Students,” (with Patti See) Annual National Conference on The Freshman Year Experience, University of South Carolina.


 "Coming of Age Film and Fiction in an Interactive First-Year Experience Class" at the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts/Wisconsin Communications Association Joint Convention, Appleton. Wisconsin.






POEMS (Magazines & Journals) 


Able Muse, Abraxus, American Journal of Poetry, The Anglican Theological Review, California Quarterly, Calliope: A Journal of Women’s Literature, The Chariton Review, The Chicago Tribune (Today’s Poets Page), The Cream City Review,The Cortland Review Every Day Poems,The Exquisite Corpse, The Formalist, Glyph, Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, The Hamline Journal, Hayden Ferry Review, The Journal, Kansas Quarterly, Light, The Little Magazine, The Midwest Quarterly, The Nation, The New Orleans Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry Northeast, The Northwest Review, Passages North, Poetry, Rattle, The Rocky Mountain Review, Six Fold, The Texas Review, Three Sisters, Verse Wisconsin, Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature, The Wisconsin Academy Review, Wisconsin English Journal, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Wisconsin Academy of Art & Sciences, Writer’s Almanac.  NPR


           POEMS (Anthologies)


75 Poems On Retirement, … and Love,  The Best of 20 Years of Cream City Review, …But, Buddy, I’m a  Kind of Poem:  An Anthology of Sinatra Verse, 2007, Cross-Connect: The Best of 1997, Contemporary Poets of the South West,  Eating the Menu: A Contemporary American Poetry 1970-74,  From the Tongue of the Crow,   In My Neighborhood: Poetry of Wisconsin Cities,   Intimate Kisses: Poetry of Sexual Pleasure,  Intro #4, " Main Street Issue: Poems of Protest. Of Burgers & Barrooms, New Poetry from the Midwest 2017,  Poetry Out of Wisconsin V, Poetry from the Midwest, Northwest Review: Thirtieth Anniversary Issue, Old Blue-Eyes: A Remembrance,  Patterns of Poetry: An Encyclopedia of Poetic Forms,  Spilt Verse: Poetry of Separation and Divorce, Yearbook Anthology of American Verse,  World Poetry,,Wisconsin Poetry. 


           FICTION (Magazines) 

The Arabesque Review: An International Journal   Dialogue, Carve, The Paumanok Review, Slow Trains Literary Journal  Unlikely Stories, Vestal Review  


           FICTION (Anthologies)


Bar Stories ; " Best American Flash Fiction of the 21st Century; Brevity: A Short Short-Short Primer; FAMILIES: The Frontline of Pluralism; Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction; E2ink-1: the Best of the Online Journals 2002; Short on Sugar, High on Honey: Micro Love Stories; You Have Time for This: Contemporary American Short-Short Stories;


           BOOKS (selected)


 Eating the Menu: A Contemporary American Poetry 1970-74, W.C. Brown/J., 1974; (editor); Idle Trade: Early Poems, Wolfsong Press, 1979; The Darling Poems, Red Weather Press, 1982;  Why That Man Talks That Way, Upriver Press, 1994; Higher Learning: Reading and Writing About College, Prentice Hall (editor with Patti See) 2001, 3d ed. 2011; Pity the World: Poems New & Selected, Plain View Press, 2005; The Longest You’ve Lived Anywhere: New & Selected Poems 2013, Upriver Press, 2012; In Other Words, Upriver Press, 2014; Poetry Sex Love Music Booze & Death. Upriver Press, 2018




 University of Arkansas, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,  St. Thomas College, Minnesota,  Loyola University, New Orleans,   Memphis State University, Memphis,   Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri,  Koreyo University, South Korea,  American Cultural Center, Tegu, South Korea,  Yonsei University, South Korea,  Freemantle Arts Center, Perth, Australia,  “Writer’s Week,” Australian Biannual International Arts Festival, Adelaide, Queensland University, Brisbane, “The Loft,” Minneapolis, Minnesota,  Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Madison, WI,  Canterbury Bookstore, Madison, WI,  Jean Feraca’s “Wisconsin Idea Network,” WERN, Madison, Wisconsin Public Radio,  Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota, “ Live At Five, Eau Claire Regional Arts Center,  Cameron University, Lawton, O,K, Tom's Burnt Down Cafe, Madeline Island, WI, 12th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Eau Claire, St Clair College, Port Huron, MI. Poetry Love Sex Music Booze & Death, Book Launch, The Local Store Gallery,