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English language educator

Dennis Mathew Schmitz, American English language educator. Recipient Discovery award Poetry Center, New York City, 1968; winner First Book Competition Follett Public Company, 1969; di Castagnola award Poetry Society American, 1986; Shelley Memorial award Poetry Society American, 1987; National Education Association fellow, 1976-1977, 85-86, 92-93, Guggenheim fellow, 1978-1979.


Schmitz, Dennis Mathew was born on August 11, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa, United States. Son of Anthony Peter and Roselyn Schmitz.


He graduated from Loras College and the University of Chicago, where he met and married Loretta D'Agostino in 1960. They have five children together.


He has taught at Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and California State University, Sacramento. His former students include Raymond Carver, Charlene Ungstad, Gary Short, and Gary Thompson. He opposes the death penalty and protests executions in California every time they take place.

His work has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly , American Poetry , The Nation, Paris , the Chicago , and Zyzzyva. He lives in Sacramento. Schmitz is the kind of poet whose work is unknown to the general public but eagerly read by other writers in top literary magazines like Field or Antaeus.

In this volume, he continues the exciting work he has already done with dramatic monologues and religious meditations set on California farms or in the construction sites, flophouses, and movie palaces of Chicago.


  • Poet laureate of Sacramento, California1978 Guggenheim Fellow 1976-1977, 1985–1986, 1992-1993 Fellow National Endowment for the Arts1987-1988 Shelley Memorial Award.



Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Association Writing Programs.


Married Loretta D'Agostino, August 20, 1960. Children: Anne, Sara, Martha, Paul, Matthew.

Anthony Peter

Roselyn Schmitz

Loretta D'Agostino

Anne Schmitz

Sara Schmitz

Martha Schmitz

Paul Schmitz

Matthew Schmitz