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SCHMITZ, Dennis. (Dubuque, IA, Aug. 11, 1937--Sept. 12, 2019) American poet. Schmitz graduated from LORAS COLLEGE and the University of Chicago. He taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and California State University, Sacramento.

His work appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, The Nation, Paris Review, the Chicago Review,and Zyzzyva.

Schmitz was the editor of The Sacramento Anthology of 100 Poems. Sacramento’s Poet Laureate Program; Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. His work also included The Truth Squad (Copper Canyon Press, 2002); About Night (Field Editions, 1993); Eden (University of Illinois Press, 1989); Singing (Ecco Press, 1985); String (Ecco Press, 1980); Goodwill, Inc 1976; Double Exposures 1971; and We Weep for Our Strangeness, 1969.

Schmitz, the first poet laureate of Sacramento, California, was named the 1978 Guggenheim Fellow. He was recognized as National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in 1976-1977, 1985-1986, and 1992-1993. He received the 1987-1988 Shelley Memorial Award.

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