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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Glenn W. Dresbach  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1889 in Lanark, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Dresbach was born and raised in Lanark. He returned to the family farm later in his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Glenn Ward Dresbach was born and raised in Lanark, Illinois. He graduated from Lanark High School and the University of Wisconsin, where he served as editor of Wisconsin Magazine and won a national intercollegiate award for poetry. Soon after graduating from college, Dresbach began a long career of accounting and finance with the Panama Railroad, the Phelps-Dodge Corporation of Tyrone, New Mexico, the Payton Packing Company in El Paso, Texas, Mandell Brothers Department Store in Chicago and the Bank of Eureka Springs. During this time, he also enlisted and served with the US Army in the First World War. After his service, he returned to New Mexico, moved to Texas and then Chicago with his different jobs.After returning to his old home at Lanark, Illinois, Dresbach devoted his time to poetry. In all, Dresbach published eleven books of poetry. His poetry appeared in more than 200 anthologies and textbooks. His poetry was published in dozens of magazines and journals, such as Atlantic Monthly, American Mercury, and the Christian Science Monitor. He wrote the Foreword to the volume, Illinois Poets and more than forty of his poems appeared in Poetry, one of the most prestigious poetry journals in America.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Road to Everywhere

Book on Demand. 1901

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In Colors Of The West
ISBN: 1245991418

Nabu Press. 2011

Morning, Noon and Night
ISBN: 1141224062

Nabu Press. 2009

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

The enchanted mesa, and other poems
ISBN: B0008677ES

H. Holt and Company. 1924

Cliff Dwellings and Other Poems
ISBN: B002A481RS

Harold Vinal. 1926

This side of Avalon (The Friendly books)

H. Vinal. 1928

Star Dust and Stone

PL Turner Co.. 1928

This is a selection of nearly two hundred poems by one of the greatest liing lyricists of Nature. "Poems in the best tradition of English verse, authentic in their imagery and emotion, significant in their understanding, and clear in their beauty and meaning."

The wind in the cedars,: By Glenn Ward Dresbach
ISBN: B00085Y5Q2

H. Holt and company. 1930

Selected Poems

Holt, NY. 1931


-- During his career, Dresbach received more than 100 honors and awards, including the:

George Sterling Memorial Prize

American Literary Association Prize

Poetry World Prize

Hamlin Garland Prize

United States Poet Laureate InternationalDresbach and his second wife were honored with a gold medal distinguishing them as “Outstanding Literary Couple” by President Diosdado Macapagal of the Philippines in 1965.