Ohioana Poetry Book Award: 2012
Native of Cleveland with a B.A. in English from John Carroll University
For Weather: Poems
Weather, Dave Lucas’s debut collection, captures the changing seasons and landscapes of Cleveland, his hometown. The poems in this
collection give us an enchanting and majestic, yet realistic and earthy view of the Erie lakefront, steel mills, and suburbs of Northeast Ohio.
Dave Lucas was born and grew up in Cleveland. He graduated with a B.A. in English from John Carroll University and earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing
from the University of Virginia. He also received an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan where he is currently working toward his Ph.D.
He is the co-founder and co-director of the popular Market Garden Brewery Reading Series in Cleveland.
Dave has received great praise from fellow poets. Rita Dove, Akron native and Poet Laureate of the United States 1993-95, included him on her “Young Poets to Watch” list.
Mark Strand, Poet Laureate of the United States 1990-91, writes, “He is an extraordinarily gifted young poet. In fact, I know of no other
poet of his age who is his equal. His poems combine acute observation with a subtle command of the cadences of American verse,
creating for the reader a verbal world of astonishing clarity and inescapable harmony.”
More about Dave Lucas from the Poetry Foundation