Timothy Steele’s Career Summary

Timothy Steele’s most recent book of poems is Toward the Winter Solstice (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2006). His earlier poems are collected in Sapphics and Uncertainties: Poems 1970-1986 (University of Arkansas Press, 1995) and The Color Wheel (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). In addition, Steele has published two volumes of literary criticism: Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt against Meter (University of Arkansas Press, 1990) and All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification (Ohio University Press, 1999). He has also edited The Poems of J. V. Cunningham (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1997).

Steele’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Los Angeles PEN Center’s Literary Award for Poetry, a California Arts Council Grant, a Commonwealth Club of California Medal for Poetry, and the Robert Fitzgerald Award for Excellence in the Study of Prosody. Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1948, Steele lives with his wife in Los Angeles. From 1987 to 2012, he taught in the English Department at California State University, Los Angeles, where he is now an emeritus professor.