Frank Bidart (b. 1939 in Bakersfield, California) is an American poet. In 1957, he began to study at the University of California at Riverside. In 1962, he began studying with Robert Lowell and Reuben Brower at Harvard. He is currently a professor of English at Wellesley College.
Frank Bidart has published five books of poetry. The first three are collected, with new poems, in In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990). His fifth volume, Desire (FSG), appeared in 1997, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also been honored with the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Writer's Award, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Shelley Award of the Poetry Society of America.