"Contributor of nearly three hundred poems to numerous anthologies, including Writing American, National Endowment for the Arts, 1997, The Viking Portable Western Reader; Scanning the Century, Penguin UK, and Vital Signs: Contemporary American Poetry from University Presses, and to more than eighty magazines and literary journals, including Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Poetry, April, Partisan Review, New Virginia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Poetry Northwest.
Family: Born February 27, 1951, in East St. Louis, IL; son of A. W. and Betty Ann Fuetsch Wrigley; married Vana Berry, May 29, 1971 (divorced, December, 1981); married Kim Barnes (a writer), July 20, 1983; children: Philip, Jordan, Jace. Education: Southern Illinois University, B.A., 1974; University of Montana, M.F.A., 1976. Politics: "Progressive." Religion: "Poetry." Addresses: Home: R.R. 1, Box 98W4, Lenore, ID 83541. Office: Department of English, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-1102.
Robert Wrigley told CA: 'I write because I cannot not write. Poetry is not what I do but who I am. My influences include Bill Evans, James Dickey, Sylvia Plath, John Coltrane, John Keats, Walt Whitman--it never ends. My father and mother, Lenny Bruce, the Rev. Mr. K. Kuhlman, jazz, Bach, Stan Musial, Georgia O'Keefe, Basho, Sappho, Kels Mo, Dante. When I write I start with music. Make the words sing. Let the language take me where it will, deep inside. My subjects seem as likely to choose me as I them. Very often an image brings a word that rings or resonates, an unforeseen word. I follow it toward another--words like a mountain trail.'"
Source: "Robert Wrigley. Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: gale, 2002. Biography in Context. Web. 27 May 2016.