(born December 10, 1946) is an American poet
Thomas Lux was born in Northampton, Massachusetts
, son of a milkman and a Sears & Roebuck
switchboard operator, neither of whom graduated from high school. Lux was raised in Massachusetts on a dairy farm. He was, according to those who knew him in high school, very good at baseball, basketball and golf. Classmates also recall that he had a " Terrific sense of humor. "
He graduated from Emerson College
, where he was also poet in residence from 1972-1975. His first book — Memory's Handgrenade
— was published shortly after. Since 1975, Lux has been a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College
. Lux is also a core faculty member of the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers
. In 1996 he was a visiting professor at University of California, Irvine
. A former Guggenheim Fellow
and three times a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts
, Lux received, in 1995, the $50,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
for his sixth collection, Split Horizons
. His poems are featured in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets
(2006) and many other anthologies.
He currently holds the Bourne chair in poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology
and runs their Poetry at Tech program.
- Memory's Handgrenade (1972)
- The Glassblower's Breath (1976)
- Sunday (1979)
- Half Promised Land (1986)
- The Drowned River (1990)
- Split Horizon (1994)
- The Blind Swimmer: Selected......