Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Warren D. Woessner

(1944-    )

Used with permission of Warren Woessner

Warren Dexter Woessner was born on May 31, 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up in Woodstown, a farm town in southern New Jersey. His father was a chemist. Woessner received his A.B. degree in 1966 from Cornell University and then, in 1971, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before taking up the practice of law he was a senior research scientist (1972-1981) with Miles Laboratories in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a founding partner of Schwegman Lundberg Woessner (SLW), a Minneapolis-based law firm specializing in intellectual property law. SLW has more than 60 attorneys and represents Fortune 500 companies and major universities. The law firm web-site notes that Woessner "is a registered patent attorney and founding shareholder of SLW, practicing in chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical treatments, diagnostics, and agricultural and food chemistry." Woessner has published widely on legal topics and served as chair of the Chemical Practice Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

[An apparatus showing how to capture pure samples of gases.
Horace H. Cummings, Nature Study by Grades (New York: America Book Company, 1909)]

[Used with permission of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology]

Woessner's interest in writing began at Cornell University workshops with James McConkey and A.R. Ammons, where he also became associate editor of The Trojan Horse.

In 1968, Woessner with James Bertolino founded Abraxas, a small press poetry journal. Woessner was also a founder of WORT-FM and hosted for some years the station's poetry fiction program, "Visitors from Inner Space." Woessner's poetry, widely anthologized, has resulted in fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board. He was a Loft-McKnight Fellow in 1985 and won the Minnesota Voices Competition sponsored by New Rivers Press in 1986. His poetry has appeared in various periodicals and magazines.

Woessner has had a long-standing interest in birds and has traveled frequently to Alaska to locate and identify that state's bird species. He lives in Minneapolis.


Warren Woessner, The Forest and the Trees: Poems (Madison, Wisconsin: Quixote Press, 1968)

______________, The Rivers Return (Milwaukee: Gunrunner Press, 1969)

______________, Inroads: Poems (Madison, Wisconsin: Modine Gunch Press, 1970)

______________, Cross-Country: Poems (Madison, Wisconsin: Quest Publications, 1972)

______________, Landing (Ithaca, New York: Ithaca House, 1973)

______________, Lost Highway (Texas City, Texas: College of the Mainland, 1977)

______________, No Hiding Place (Peoria, Illinois: Spoon River Poetry Press, 1979)

______________, Storm Lines: A Collection of Poems (St. Paul: New Rivers Press, 1987)

______________, Clear to Chukchi: Poems from Alaska (Duluth, Minnesota: Poetry Harbor, 1995)

______________, Iris Rising (Kansas City, Missouri: BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1998)

______________, Chemistry, A Poem (Johnstown, Ohio: Pudding House Publications, 2002)

______________, Greatest Hits 1965-2000 (Columbus, Ohio: Pudding House Publications, 2003)

______________, Our Hawk ([St. Paul, Minnesota], The Toothpaste Press, 2005)

["Handset in Walbaum and Lydian Cursive types, illustrated, and printed on Johannot paper by Suzanne Shaffer under the supervision of Allan Kornblum. Sewn into O'Malley Crackle covers, handmade by Suzanne Shaffer at Cave Paper." 250 copies signed by the author and the artist.]

______________, Clear All the Rest of the Way (The Backwaters Press, 2008)


Warren Woessner & Carol Lipetz, Birder's Life List (New York: Godwit Press, 1982)

a footnote

Abraxas: "A mystical word used by the Gnostic followers of Basilides to denote the Supreme Being, or, perhaps, its 365 emanations collectively, or the 365 orders of spirits occupying the 365 heavens." William Dwight Whitney, The Century Dictionary, an Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York: The Century Co., 1902)

[Used with permission of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology]