Ernest Hilbert

1608 Walnut Street19th FloorPhiladelphia, PA 19103

Author's Bio

Ernest Hilbert’s debut collection Sixty Sonnets (2009) was described by X.J. Kennedy as “maybe the most arresting sequence we have had since John Berryman checked out of America.” His second collection, All of You on the Good Earth, published on March 1st, 2013, was described by Timothy Donnelly as "retrospective, forward-looking, tonic and toxic, All of You on the Good Earth is a wonder of a book, and Hilbert’s best yet." Hilbert supplies libretti and song texts for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa, as well as scripts for the post-punk conceptual band Mercury Radio Theater. His poems have appeared in several anthologies, including the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009), Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (2011), and two Penguin anthologies, Poetry: A Pocket Anthology and Literature: A Pocket Anthology (2011). He hosts the popular blog and works as an antiquarian book dealer in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, an archaeologist.

Publications and Prizes


Sixty Sonnets
(Red Hen Press,
All of You on the Good Earth
(Red Hen Press,


Swallow Anthology of New American Poets
(Ohio University Press / Swallow Press,
Poetry: A Pocket Anthology 7th edition
(Penguin Academics,
Literature: A Pocket Anthology 5th edition
(Penguin Academics,


American Arts Quarterly
American Literary Review
American Poet
American Poetry Review
American Writing
Asheville Poetry Review
At Length
Barrow Street
Boston Review
Cimarron Review
Edinburgh Review
Georgetown Review
The Harvard Review Online
Horizon Review
Jewish Quarterly
Literary Imagination
McSweeney's Internet Tendency
Midwest Poetry Review
New Criterion
The New Formalist
New Orleans Review
The New Republic
New York Sun
Unpleasant Event Schedule
Poetry East
The American Scholar
The Dark Horse
London Magazine
Southwest Review
William & Mary Review
Yale Review
32 Poems
66: The Journal of Sonnet Studies

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Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
2666 by Roberto Bolano, Opera as Drama by Joseph Kerman, Survivors' Songs from Maldon to the Somme by Jon Stallworthy, Much Obliged, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Favorite Books:
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark, GUT Symmetries by Jeanette Winterson, The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson, Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Favorite Authors:
W.H. Auden, Robert Lowell, Philip Larkin, John Berryman, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Amy Clampitt, Jeanette Winterson, Hunter S. Thompson.

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Listing last updated: April 17, 2013.

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