Walter Bacigalupo was born and raised in Boston’s North End. Robert Bly’s work exploring myth and poetry in the lives of men served as an early inspiration, and his childhood in the North End has been a constant influence in his poetry and a source for developing the themes that infuse his life and art: love and loss, death and rebirth, and seeking the beauty in one’s soul.
He has studied the craft of poetry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Arlington Center for the Arts. His poems have been published in Renovation Journal, The Lowell Pearl and the Poetic Soul. He received Honorable Mention in the First Annual Poetry Contest in 1998 for the Monadnock Writers Group and has been heard reading poetry in the Greater Lowell area and on the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s WUML (91.5). He is a founding and active member of the Lowell Poetry Network, working to support Lowell poets and to develop the presence of poetry in the area.
Since 1973, Walter has lived in Lowell with his wife, Mary Bacigalupo (deceased) and three children, Walter Andrew (deceased), Pat and Mike. He has a Master of Arts Degree in sociology from Boston College. He has had a long career in human services creating new and innovative programs for children and people with developmental disabilities.