Edward Lueders

Edward Lueders is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Utah, where he served for periods as English Department Chairman, Director of Creative Writing, Editor of Western Humanities Review, and was named University Professor (1989-90). He previously was Instructor and Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico (1948-57), Associate Professor of English at Long Beach State College (1957-61), and Professor of English and Chairman of the Department at Hanover College (1961-66).  Since retiring from the University of Utah, he has taught on the writing faculty of the Bread Loaf Graduate School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont. For forty years, he consulted with secondary school students and teachers as Poet in the Schools throughout the U.S. and abroad in India and Japan.  From 1982 to 2004, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Ucross Foundation Artist and Writers Colony at Ucross, Wyoming.

His writings as author, poet, essayist, critic and co-translator have appeared in a wide variety of national and international publications. From 1950 to 1957, he was book reviewer for The Louisville Courier-Journal.  Among his thirteen books are a reference work for The National Council of Teachers of English, The College and Adult Reading List of Books in Literature and the Fine Arts (Editorial Chairman);  two books of creative nonfiction, The Clam Lake Papers and The Salt Lake Papers; a novel of WWII, The Wake of the General Bliss; three collections of verse, most notably Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle (with Stephen Dunning and Hugh Smith); two critical biographies,  Carl Van Vechten & the Twenties and Carl van Vechten; Writing Natural History: Dialogues with Authors; and translations (with Naoshi Koriyama),  Like Underground Water: The Poetry of  Mid-20th-Century Japan.

His honors include a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1992 Governor's Award in the Humanities from the Utah Humanities Council, and the 1998 Entrada Institute Award for Environmental Education. 

Ed Lueders has played jazz piano professionally since his college days. More recently he played at Utah ski resorts and, for years, as house pianist at Alta's Rustler Lodge. He was also dinner pianist at the Capitol Reef Inn in Torrey, Utah, where he and his wife, Deborah Keniston, built their retirement home, and, as a volunteer, is currently lobby pianist for the University of Utah Hospital.  He has recorded four CDs as solo pianist: Ed Lueders at Home, Love Songs for Deborah, Ed Lueders at 90, and Ed Lueders@93.

A veteran with three years’ service during World War II, Edward Lueders served as Special Service Sgt. in the Air Transport Command throughout the CBI  Theater (China, Burma, India).




The Wake of the General Bliss, University of Utah Press (1989), paperback edition (2008).


The Salt Lake Papers, University of Utah Press (2018).

The Clam Lake Papers, Harper & Row (1977); Festival edition, Abingdon (paper) (1982); Wm Caxton Ltd. (reprint edition, Preface by the publisher) (1996).

Through Okinawan Eyes, edited with Jane Kluckhohn, University of New Mexico Press (1951).


Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle,  edited by Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders, and Hugh Smith; Scott Foresman (1966), Scholastic Book Services, paperback (1996); 2nd edition, compiled by Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders, Naomi Shihab Nye, Keith Gilyard, Demetrice A. Worley (1995).

Some Haystacks Don’t Even Have Any Needle, edited by Stephen Dunning, Edward Lueders, and Hugh Smith, Scott Foresman (1969).

Zero Makes Me Hungry, edited by Edward Lueders and Primus St. John, Scott Foresman (1976).

Images and Impressions: Poems by Clarice Short, Brewster Ghiselin, and Edward Lueders, University of Utah Printmaking Department (1969). 

20 Poems by Edward G. Lueders,  U.S. Information Service, Bombay/Calcutta, India (1971).


Like Underground Water, The poetry of Mid-20th Century Japan, translations by Naoshi Koriyama and Edward Lueders, Copper Canyon Press (1995).


The College and Adult Reading List of Books in Literature and the Fine Arts, Edward Lueders, Editorial Chairman,  NCTE / Washington Square Press (1962).


Writing Natural History: Dialogues with Authors, Edited by Edward Lueders, University of Utah Press (1989).


Carl Van Vechten & the Twenties, University of New Mexico Press (1955).


Carl Van Vechten, Twayne U.S. Authors Series (1965).


Ed Lueders Plays Favorites, CD recorded on the Roland Digital in Torrey, Utah, July 7, 2004

Ed Lueders at Home, CD recorded on the Roland Digital in Torrey, Utah. August 12, 2007

Love Songs for Deborah, CD recorded on the Roland Digital in Torrey, Utah, January 20, 2010

Ed Lueders@90, CD  recorded on the Steinway Concert Grand in the lobby of University of Utah Hospital,  February 14, 2013