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Bruce Weigl was born in Lorain, Ohio, on January 27, 1949. He graduated from Lorain Admiral King High School in 1967. He served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970; he served in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star.
He graduated from Oberlin College in 1974 and in 1975 was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Writing/American and British Literature from the University of New Hampshire. In 1979, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
Since 1976, he has taught literature at a number of institutions - Case Western Reserve University, Lorain County Community College, University of Arkansas, Old Dominion University, Warren Wilson College, and in the Writing Program at the Pennsylvania State University where he directed the MFA Program in Writing. He is past president of the Associated Writing Programs. He currently lives in Oberlin and serves as "Distinguished Visiting Professor" at Lorain County Community College.
In 2000, Weigl published a memoir called The Circle of Hanh. In the memoir he writes of his life as having two pieces separated by the Vietnam War.
In November, 2006, Weigl was the recipient of the 2006 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. This honor was accompanied by an award of $150,000 from the Lannan Foundation. He was the only poet/writer from Ohio to receive the honor this year.