Ignatow, David

Ignatow, David

(1914–  ) poet; born in New York City. He graduated from high school and worked in his family's butcher shop before working in a book bindery that he later owned and managed. Beginning in 1932 he was a journalist for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). He began his teaching career at the New School for Social Research (1962–64), and went on to teach at such institutions as Vassar College (1967–68), Columbia University (1968), and City University (1968–84). He is praised as a lyrical autobiographical poet, as seen in New and Collected Poems (1970–85). He lived in East Hampton, N.Y.