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Bernard Quetchenbach attended the College at Brockport where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 and five years later a Master of Arts degree from it.
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Bernard Quetchenbach studied at Purdue University where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1993.
(Many poets writing after World War II have found the indi...)
Many poets writing after World War II have found the individual focus of contemporary poetics poorly suited to making statements directed at public issues and public ethics. The desire to invest such individualized poetry with greater cultural authority presented difficulties for Vietnam-protest poets, for example, and it has been a particular challenge for nature writers in the Thoreau tradition who have attempted to serve as advocates for the natural world. Examining the implications of this dilemma, Bernard W. Quetchenbach locates the poets Robert Bly, Gary Snyder, and Wendell Berry within two traditions: the American nature-writing tradition, and the newer tradition of contemporary poetics.
(Accidental Gravity negotiates the difficult edge between ...)
Accidental Gravity negotiates the difficult edge between a naive belief in an enduring, unassailable natural world and the equally naive belief that human life takes place in some unnatural, more mediated context. The title refers to the accidental but nonetheless meaningful nexus where the personal meets and combines with the universal those serendipitous moments when the individual life connects to the larger rhythms of time and planet.
Bernard Quetchenbach attended the College at Brockport where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 and five years later a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from it. He also studied at Purdue University where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in American Literature in 1993.
Bernard Quetchenbach began his academic career as an assistant professor of English at Northwest College in Powell from 1991 to 1995. He also served at the University of Maine in Fort Kent in 1995-99. Bernard joined Florida Southern College in Lakeland where he worked as an associate professor of English from 1999 to 2006. In 2006 he became an assistant professor of English at Montana State University in Billings where he teaches courses in writing and literature. He is also an instructor and advisory board member with Big Sky Writing Workshops.
Bernard Quetchenbach is the author of "Back from the Far Field: American Nature Poetry in the Late Twentieth Century" that was written in 2000, "The Hermit's Act" in 2004, "The Hermit's Place" in 2010, "Accidental Gravity: Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory" in 2017.
Quetchenbach has been a contributor of poetry and essays to periodicals and journals, including Organization & Environment, Sycamore Review, New Laurel Review, Albatross, Bellingham Review, Rosebud, and Petroglyph.
(Accidental Gravity negotiates the difficult edge between ...)2017
(Many poets writing after World War II have found the indi...)2000
Bernard Quetchenbach is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, and Nature and Environmental Writers/College and University Educators. He is a fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers and was a 2015 Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation Artist-in-Residence.
Bernard Quetchenbach is married to Cara Lee Chamberlain. They have one child, Thomas Glenn.