Edward A. Dougherty earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and has published 4 collections of poetry and 5 chapbooks. In 2015 he published Everyday Objects (Plan View) and House of Green Water (FootHills Publishing).
“Edward Dougherty’s poems fuse the philosopher and spiritual seer in him with the close observer of the natural world in its many facts, forces, weathers. Anchored in the actual, he can rise to rapture without sentimentality, and use with authority words like nobility, salvation, grace and mystery.”
He has contributed to many publications, as poetry editor at the Mid-American Review and as a contributing editor at the Alehouse Review, Third Wednesday, and Rowboat: Poetry in Translation. In addition to poetry, Edward’s essays and reviews have appeared in the Cincinnati Review, North American Review, and War, Literature, and the Arts. His essay about learning the craft of poetry (and crafting his life for it) was published in Memoir and reprinted in the second edition of The Working Poet (2014, MAMMOTH Books); it’s called “Apprentice Days.” He’s been publishing more reviews and nonfiction, so check out that page on this site, too.
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Edward grew up outside of Philadelphia, is the product of Catholic schools, graduated from Penn State, took three years first working at the Cable Guide and then as a retreat leader, before moving to Bowling Green to pursue his MFA. There he met the love of his life, and they journeyed to Hiroshima, Japan, to become volunteer directors of the World Friendship Center, while the world marked the 50th anniversary of that city’s bombing by a nuclear weapon.
He has many creative enterprises in the works. One recent project is a collection of emblems which combine a short verse with small calligraphic abstract artwork, which have been displayed at the Atrium Gallery in Corning and the Word & Image Gallery in Treadwell, NY. Some have been published in Shuf Poetry (Issue 4). See the Samples page for others
Another manuscript entitled Under a Secret Zodiac brings together his long interest in poetic images and visual arts. Originally, this interest led to his chapbook The Luminous House, which responds to artwork by Paul Klee, but recently he returned to that collection and expanded it by contemplating Marc Chagall’s paintings as well. Under a Secret Zodiac made it into the top 100 in Copper Canyon’s open reading period.
Finally, it took over a decade, but Edward’s completed 10048, a collection of poems about the World Trade Center. The manuscript has been a finalist and semi-finalist in contests, and was even accepted for publication (twice) but plans fell through. See the Sample page for links to published poems from 10048.