Individual Author Record
Name: Joseph GastigerPen Name: None Genre: Poetry Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionGastiger has lived in DeKalb, Illinois since 1980.
Biographical and Professional InformationJoseph Gastiger grew up in Westbury, a working class town on Long Island, attended SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Iowa, and did graduate work at Colorado State University where he was part of a cohort that included poets Yusef Komunyakaa, William Michael Ryan, Jay P. White and John Bradley. He received a PhD from Northern Illinois University, where he subsequently taught writing and literature for a number of years, and was coordinator of its Honors Program. His poems have been printed in many journals and anthologies, including Princeton Arts Review, Sycamore Review, TriQuarterly, New Voices: Poetry and Fiction from Colorado State University, Benchmark: Anthology of Contemporary Illinois Poetry. After earning his PhD and working for NIU’s Honors Program, he entered the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1998, graduating in 2000. He has been a pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb, Illinois since 2001.Gastiger has been interviewed by Dan Klefstad, Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor of Northern Public Radio (WNIU/WNIJ/NIRIS) twice. The first time for the Summer 2014 Book Series. To access the June 13, 2014 interview, [http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dekalb-author-waxes-poetic-prose click here] And again, on December 21, 2015 for the [https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wnijreadwithme?source=feed_text&story_id=10208055647572719 #WNIJReadWithME] Winter Book Series. To access that interview, [http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poet-explores-his-desires-and-others click here].
- Loose Talk: Poems, Lost Horse Press , 2012
- If You So Desire: Poems, Lost Horse Press, 2014
Titles At Your Library
Loose Talk: Poems
ISBN: 0983997535 Lost Horse Press. 2012 "Loose Talk is a warehouse of theremins and fluoroscopes, a library of radio dials and mystery underwear, a lost litany for the unforgiven, a libretto (in a dead language) that reminds us 'the destroyer of worlds and our Lady of Fatima soul kiss at the mall.'" -John Bradley, author of Trancelumination
"The irony of Loose Talk should be apparentit is anything but loose, and it contains multitudes, entire panoplies of experience: take it slow, or the wisdom and beauty might overwhelm you. It is written by a man whose name is Joseph, another great interpreter of dreams." -Bill Tremblay, author of Shooting Script
Joseph Gastiger grew up in Westbury, a working class town on Long island, where many of these ruminations hitchhike back to. He has been a pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb, Illinois.
If You So Desire: Poems
ISBN: 0991146581 Lost Horse Press. 2014