Gene Kimmet gives a special reading of his Featured
Voice poems from his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Gene Kimmet is a retired professor of economics from Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.
He was born in Lima, Ohio, a town with a long history of heavy industrial production. Kimmet worked at a variety of jobs there, including lens grinder, foundry worker, service station operator, and salesman, before receiving a BA in economics from Ohio Northern University. He later earned an MA in economics from Case Western Reserve University and a post master’s degree in economics from Northern Illinois University.
Kimmet has also done extensive graduate work in English and creative writing at Northern Illinois University and the University of Virginia.
His poetry collections include Recollections of My Father (Canopic Publishing, 2015), Skipping Stone (Dream Stone Press, 2000) and In Fee Simple (Stormline Press, 1986.)
In Recollections of My Father, Kimmet draws from his memories of growing up during the Depression and World War II, focusing on the people and the mill-town setting which left an everlasting mark. The poetry is well crafted with a keen ear for rhythms and sounds, and the subject matter captures the innocence of youth filtered through the wisdom of the aging poet. Recollections of My Father presents its subjects expressively without venturing into emotional sentimentality. The collection stands as an intriguing read and an important poetic document to hand down among the generations.