Dictionary of Literary Biography: Contemporary American Poets

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John Cusatis, editor

Dictionary of Literary Biography, which has grown to nearly 400 volumes since the inaugural 1978 volume, continues to be among the most highly esteemed reference works available to students and scholars. Library Journal remarked in 2006, "It is hands-down the best overall literary reference work ever published, a proverbial diamond as big as the Ritz..." DLB provides clear, comprehensive literary biographies on important figures spanning every genre, nation and era, written by many of the most prominent literary scholars in the field.

DLB has devoted twelve volumes to American poets, the most recent being Twentieth Century American Nature Poets (2008) and New Formalist Poets (2003). The sixth series of American Poets since WWII appeared in 1998. Contemporary American Poets is the first volume to include a general overview of American poets writing in the 21st century. It will contain entries on approximately fifty poets, most of whom have not yet appeared in a DLB volume.

DLB entries are objective accounts of the lives and careers of writers. It is a reference work that traces the writer's life chronologically beginning with his birth, proceeding from book to book (discussing both the contents of the books and their critical reception) and concluding with an assessment of the writer's literary reputation. A detailed style manual and sample will be provided to contributors. Entries run between 3000 and 5000 words and should be completed within two months of the assignment.

Contributors will receive a copy of the published book as well as financial compensation.

Interested writers should contact the volume editor at John_Cusatis@charleston.k12.sc.us for a list of available entries.