Born: August 19, 1964
Ohio connection: Resident
David Hassler grew up in Kent, graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School and currently lives with his family in Kent. He is the program and outreach director for the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, is the author of two books of poetry, Sabishi: Poems from Japan (1994) and Red Kimono, Yellow Barn (2005). He also is co-editor of A Place to Grow: Vocies and Images of Urban Gardeners and Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School (1999). Hassler’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Sun, DoubleTake/Points of Entry, and the Indiana Review.
Ohio Poet of the Year, 2006; Ohioana Book Award, 2007.