Stuart Friebert received a Ph.D. at U. Wisconsin—Madison in German Language & Literature in 1958. He taught at Mt. Holyoke College (1957-59), and Harvard University (1959-61), before settling at Oberlin College in 1961. With help from colleagues, he founded Oberlin’s Creative Writing Program and directed it until retiring in 1997. He co-founded Field Magazine, and later, the Field Translation Series/Oberlin College Press.
He has published thirteen previous collections of poems. Among them, Funeral Pie co-won the Four Way Book Award in 1997, and Floating Heart won the Ohioana Book Award for poetry in 2015. He has also published ten volumes of translations. With David Young, he has co-edited two anthologies, The Longman Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Models of the Universe: An Anthology of the Prose Poem. With David Young & David Walker, he co-edited A Field Guide to Contemporary Poetry & Poetics. He has also published a textbook edition of Max Frisch’s Als der Krieg zu Ende war.
Having started to write prose in 2000, he has published a number of stories and memoir-pieces, which are collected in a volume entitled The Language of the Enemy, forthcoming from Black Mountain Press. He has also published numerous critical essays and reviews, held an N.E.A. Fellowship in poetry, and received a number of awards for poems and translations over the years.