Poet and essayist Art Homer was born in the Missouri Ozarks and spent his childhood there and in the Pacific Northwest of California and Oregon. He worked on forest trail crews, as an animal caretaker, and as a journeyman ironworker before taking a BA at Portland State University and an MFA at the University of Montana, where he studied with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and Tess Gallagher. Since 1982, he has taught poetry and nonfiction writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Writer’s Workshop, where he was named a Regents Professor in 1995. He is currently chair of the Workshop and Director of the Nebraska Low Residency MFA in Writing.
His nonfiction book, The Drownt Boy: An Ozark Tale (University of Missouri Press, 1994) was published as a finalist for the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction. His most recent of four poetry collections is Sight Is No Carpenter (WordTech Communications, 2005). His awards include a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize.
Here Art performs a lecture he commonly gives on intersecting forms between music and poetry. It’s called "Play the Doggone Rhythm."