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Bruce Guernsey

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Company: Eastern Illinois University
Location: Charleston, Illinois, United States

Bruce Guernsey, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and American literature.

In preparation for his career in higher education, Dr. Guernsey attended Colgate University and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in literature and writing with a major in English. He continued his studies at the University of Virginia, obtaining a Master of Arts in American literature in 1967. In 1971, Dr. Guernsey earned a Master of Arts in creative writing from The Johns Hopkins University and concluded his higher education at the University of New Hampshire, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in American literature and lyric poetry.

Dr. Guernsey holds the designation of distinguished professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, where he served as the director of the creative writing program. He garnered additional professional experience as an educator with the College of William and Mary, the University of New Hampshire, Virginia Wesleyan College, and The Johns Hopkins University. A poet and author, Dr. Guernsey served as an editor of The Spoon River Poetry Review from 2006 to 2010. He is the author of “From Rain: Poems 1970-2010,” “New England Primer,” “The Lost Brigade,” “January Thaw,” and “Lost Wealth,” among numerous further publications. 

For his accomplishments, Dr. Guernsey has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. In 2011, he received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, he earned a Distinguished Professor Award from the State of Illinois Board of Governors. Previously, he held fellowships in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council and the Broad Loaf Writers’ Conference. Additionally, Dr. Guernsey earned a Creative Nonfiction Award for his essay “The Raven’s Gift” in Flyway Literary Magazine. In the coming years, he plans to finish writing another book of prose and poetry.

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