Thomas Lux

Thomas Lux
Thomas Lux wrote cover features for the Reader from 1999 through 2009, whose subjects ranged from the Coronado bridge to a man who loves bugs. Lux, who is currently the Bourne Professor of Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three National Endowment Fellowships in Poetry as well as the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Award.

From the Southland, a collection of the essays that Lux wrote for the Reader, was published by Marick Press. His most recent collection of poetry is God Particles from Houghton Mifflin.

The author’s photo is by Barnaby Hall.

From the Reader print archives:

July 25, 1996 Farm in the Valley (one of the last dairy farms in Southern Calif.)

Dec. 3, 1998 Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Never Draw to an Eight, and Never Two (the three remaining San Diego card rooms)

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