Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, David Middleton served as professor of English, Poet-in-Residence, Distinguished Service Professor, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Professor, and head of the Department of Languages and Literature at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Currently professor emeritus of English at Nicholls, he lives in Thibodaux with his wife, Francine. He has one grown child, a daughter, Anna Marie Middleton Conrad.
Praise for The Fiddler of Driskill Hill
“Middleton is a poet who makes the local universal. . . . Middleton’s contribution to Louisiana literature has long been recognized. What is needed now is for his verse to be collected in a single volume, to give it the national audience it deserves.”—South Carolina Review
“[A] beautiful volume of poems. . . . A vivid, rich, and powerful portrait of its region that also aligns itself with the timeless and biblical understanding of humanity, creation, and the story of redemption. . . . The Fiddler of Driskill Hill is a masterful and beautiful tapestry of Louisiana life in the tradition of regional poetry.”—Modern Age
“[Middleton’s latest book, The Fiddler of Driskill Hill, is his third collection from Louisiana State University Press, following Beyond the Chandeleurs and The Burning Fields, and continues his mission of restoring gracefulness and melodicism to contemporary verse. It also happens to be the best collection of American poetry in many a moon.”—Randall Ivey, Abbeville Review
“For the reader looking for something a bit different, The Fiddler of Driskill Hill is a small volume that packs intense emotion in graceful verse. It is highly recommended for the thoughtful reader.”—Baton Rouge Advocate
“Quietly audacious. . . . The Fiddler of Driskill Hill is the finest of Middleton’s peerless collections of verse.”—Quarterly Conversations
“[This book] is a gorgeous work of formalism. And if you think nothing new can be achieved with traditional forms, then David Middleton is the man to challenge that notion. . . . We at Image tend to agree with poet Catherine Savage Bosman: ‘Middleton’s contribution to American poetry cannot be doubted.’”—Image
“Throughout The Fiddler of Driskill Hill David Middleton fearlessly embraces a formalism and a spiritual conceit from an earlier time that, ironically, seem here very fresh and new.”—Rita Quillen, Anglican Theological Review
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