Linda Gregerson was born in Illinois and received a BA from Oberlin College, an MA from Northwestern University, an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, and her PhD from Stanford University.
Her books of poetry include Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976 to 2014 (2015);The Selvage (2012); Magnetic North (2007), a finalist for the National Book Award; Waterborne (2002), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (1996), a finalist for The Poet’s Prize and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Fire in the Conservatory (1982).
Gregerson’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Granta, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies.
Her critical work includes Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry (2001) and The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic (1995).
Her awards and honors include the Levinson Prize, the Consuelo Ford Award, the Isabel MacCaffrey Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize.
In 2015, Gregerson was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches American poetry and Renaissance literature at the University of Michigan, where she also directs the MFA program in creative writing. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.