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General Information

Name:  Wayne Lanter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1937 in Belleville, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Belleville, Illinois and grew up (after age twelve) in Freeburg, Illinois. Everything I have written relates to Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wayne Lanter, English Professor Emeritus, Southwestern Illinois College, is a Writing Fellow from the University of Iowa’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing and from the Aspen Writer’s Workshop. He is a former Contributing Editor of St. Louis Magazine. He founded and for ten years edited River King Poetry Supplement. His books of poetry include The Waiting Room, Threshing Time, At Float on the Ohta-gawa, Canonical Hours, A Season of Long Taters, and In This House of Men. He has edited New Century North American Poets, an anthology of contemporary American and Canadian poets, has published a novel, The Final Days and a non-fiction work, Defending the Citadel: A Personal Narrative. His work has been anthologized in the United States and in Canada.


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Titles At Your Library

The Waiting Room: Poems
ISBN: 0773427473

Edwin Mellen Pr. 1995

This poetry explores the links between man's frail existence with the larger universe, and his place in it.

Threshing time: A tribute to James Hearst
ISBN: 0965076407

River King Press. 1996

Twenty poems by poet Wayne Lanter about his association with Iowa poet James Hearst (1900-1983) and five interviews (conversations) conducted by Lanter with Hearst about poetry and writing.

At Float on the Ohta-Gawa
ISBN: 0773428380

Edwin Mellen Pr. 1997

A narrative poem of a Japanese-born American physicist-poet who returns to Hiroshima, and the emotional and intellectual devastation the journey carries with it. The text consists of a prologue and seven parts and an epilogue, centred on the symbolism of the destruction of Hiroshima.

Canonical Hours
ISBN: 0773430873

Edwin Mellen Pr. 1999

With their strong imagery and the immediacy of the language of everyday life, these poems become prayers and curses. These are poems used to better empathize and understand the perceptions and psyches of coal miners, farm wives, blacksmiths and of the disinherited and displaced.

The Final Days
ISBN: 1591298873

PublishAmerica. 2003

The Final Days is the story of philosophy Professor John Carter, who near the end of one fall semester becomes romantically entangled with a female student. At the time, the university is undergoing changes and faculty positions are threatened. In the ensuing weeks Carter’s office-mate dies mysteriously and Carter is dragged through a particularly vicious dismissal. And although Carter is victimized for his indiscretions by the university administrators who want to turn the university into a profitable business, in the end Carter proves to be one of literature’s most American professors. He is no screwed-up Easterner with Old World baggage. He watches football games, owns a handgun, and eats fast food as he rambles through a story clearly and profoundly put forth in an academic setting, where American culture ought to be exempt from assaults on Virtue, Quality, Integrity, and where the McDonaldization of society hurts most.

New Century North American Poets
ISBN: 0965076415

River King Poetry Press. 2002

New Century North American Poets is an anthology of contemporary poetry by fifty-five poets from all parts of the North American continent, selected by the editors of River King Poetry Press, and arranged by the birth year of the contributor.

A Season of Long Taters (Baseball Poems)
ISBN: 1933222069

Snark Publishing. 2006

Book by Wayne Lanter

Defending the Citadel: A Personal Narrative
ISBN: 0983841209

Twiss Hill Press. 2012

This book is about a school–a community college in Illinois, Belleville Area College (BAC) now Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC)–my experiences, as well as the experiences of other professors there from 1967 until 1995. Its purpose is two-fold. First, I have set out an historical narrative of some of the more problematic practices pursued by the school’s board of trustees, its administration, and faculty members the administration solicited in support of these practices. Second, I have related the response of a majority of the BAC faculty to these practices, a response among other things, in 1967 that activated for the first time an American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter as a collective bargaining unit, led to a three-week faculty strike in 1980, created the initial joint American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers (AFT) local union amalgamation in the country, transferred faculty governance from a traditional Faculty Senate to a collectively bargained contract–at BAC-SWIC, the Memorandum of Understanding–and eventually led to the unionization of the entire school. Additionally, from 1967 to 1995, the BAC faculty entered into the Memorandum of Understanding, the AAUP “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure,” a contractual control of intellectual property rights (the first ever included in a faculty contract by any college or university in the United States) and helped see through the Illinois General Assembly the 1980 Community College Teacher Tenure law and the Illinois Educational Employees Collective Bargaining Act in 1984. The conflicts these issues generated are endemic and, for well over a hundred years now, have been ongoing in post-secondary educational institutions across the nation. What I report here is a small account of that past, a part of the saga of what the Belleville Area College faculty did in an attempt to cut into the corporate agenda and to maintain quality higher-educational instruction at one community college in Illinois.

The Final Days
ISBN: 0983841217

Twiss Hill Press. 2013

The Final Days is the story of philosophy Professor John Carter, who near the end of one fall semester becomes romantically entangled with a female student. At the time the University is undergoing changes and faculty positions are threatened. In the ensuing weeks Carter's office-mate dies mysteriously and Carter is dragged through a particularly vicious dismissal. And although Carter is victimized for his indiscretions by the University administrators who want to turn the University into a profitable business, in the end Carter proves to be one of literature's most American professors. He is no screwed up Easterner with Old World baggage. He watches football games, owns a handgun, and eats fast food, as he rambles through a story clearly and profoundly put forth in an academic setting, where American culture ought to be exempt from assaults on Virtue, Quality, Integrity, and where the macdonaldization of society hurts most.


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