Conrad Hilberry

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Conrad Hilberry (born 1928, Ferndale, Michigan) is an American poet.

Hilberry went to Oberlin College for his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts, and continued his studies with a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a professor of English at Kalamazoo College from 1962-1998.

Hilberry is the author of nine books of poetry. Hilberry is also the author of Luke Karamazov (1987), a nonfiction first person narrative of two sociopaths.

Hilberry was editor of the literary magazine Passages North and co-editor (with Michael Delp and Herbert Scott) of the anthology Contemporary Michigan Poetry: Poems from the Third Coast (1988).


  • Encounter on Burrows Hill and Other Poems (1968)
  • Rust (1974)
  • Man In The Attic (1980)
  • Knowing Rivers, You Know the Shape and Bias (1980)
  • The Moon Seen as a Slice of Pineapple (1984)
  • Jacob's Dancing Tune (1986)
  • Luke Karamazov (1987)
  • Sorting the Smoke (1990)
  • Player Piano (2000)
  • The Fingernail of Luck (2005)
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