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David Ignatow, American Poet. Recipient National Institute Arts and Letters award, 1964, Shelley Memorial award, 1966, Civil Air Patrol award, 1976, Bollingen award, 1977, Josephine Miles award Oakland Pen Club, 1992, John Steinbeck award, 1995, William Carlos Williams prize, 1997; Rockefeller Foundation grantee, 1968, National Endowment for Arts grantee, 1970; Wallace Stevens fellow Yale University, 1977, Guggenheim fellow, 1968, 73.


Ignatow, David was born on February 7, 1914 in Brooklyn. Son of Max and Yetta (Wilkenfeld) Ignatow.


Student public schools, Brooklyn. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Long Island University, 1987.


Associate editor American Scene magazine, 1935-1937. Literature arts editor New York Analytic, 1937. Editor Beloit (Wisconsin) Poetry Journal, 1949-1959.

Poetry editor The Nation, 1962-1963. Guest editor Chelsea, New York, 1962. Co-editor, 1968; editor-at-large American Poetry Review, 1973-1976.

Instructor poetry workshop New School Social Research, New York City, 1964. Visiting lecturer University Kentucky, 1965-1966. Lecturer English, University Kansas, since 1966.

Visiting lecturer Vassar College, 1967-1968. Adjunct professor Southampton College of Long Island University, 1967-1968. Also Columbia poet-in-residence York College, City University of New York, 1969-1984.

Adjunct professor New York University.



Member Poetry Society of America (president emeritus 1977, Robert Frost Silver medal 1992), Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (poet in residence 1987, member executive board 1989-1997).


Married Rose Graubart, July 20, 1940. Children: David, Yaedi.

Max Ignatow

Yetta (Wilkenfeld) Ignatow

Rose Graubart

David Ignatow

Yaedi Ignatow