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The Poets on Poets project is an audio archive that testifies
to the continued importance of Romanticism in the contemporary poetry world.
The premise of the collection is simple: we have asked practicing poets from around
the world to read a Romantic-period poem that they particularly admire and that
has influenced the way in which they think about their craft. The results
are gathered here. As Jerome McGann observes in his preface to the archive,
reading a poem aloud is an interpretive act, and each of these recordings understands,
engages, and invigorates the original text in a different way, often with provocative
results. We hope that the multiple oral versions of poems that this archive
brings together will be one of the great strengths of the collection and a source
of inspiration for teachers, students, and those who love poetry.
editor wishes to thank all the poets who have generously contributed to this project
and invites other published poets to continue adding to the archive. A particular
debt of gratitude is owed to Adrian Blevins, Patrick Phillips, Sebastian Matthews,
and Charles Bernstein who helped to bring so many writers to the project in the
early stages. Without them, this archive would not have been possible. Questions
or comments about the edition may be sent to Tilar
Mazzeo (Editor) or Doug Guerra (Associate
is the author of the novel Desire, published by Coffee House Press. Her
work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Global City Review, Fiction
magazine, and others. Her poetry and art appears on the web site www.sfpoetry.org, Issue #
45 April 2006, and she was a fiction fellow at Bread Loaf in 2004. She is the
editor of Bliss, an arts & culture magazine, for which she has interviewed
W.S. Merwin, Jim Harrison, Ted Kooser, A.S. Byatt, and others.
Anstett is the author of Sustenance and No Accident, selected
by Philip Levine for the 2004 Backwaters Press Prize. In his introduction, Levine
wrote, "Aaron Anstett's No Accident is here for anyone who needs to replenish
the belief that American poetry is as healthy and useful as it ever was." Anstett
has held fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Wisconsin Institute
for Creative Writing. He currently lives in Colorado.
Armantrout is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The
Invention of Hunger (1979), Precedence (1985), Necromance
(1991), Made to Seem (1995), Pretext (2001), and Veil: New
and Selected Poems (2001). Her work has helped to shape the Language
Poetry movement in contemporary verse.
Curtis Bauer is the author of Fence Line, winner of
the 2003 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry selected by Christopher Buckley. He
is a graduate of Central College and earned the Master of Fine Arts in poetry
from Sarah Lawrence College. His poetry, non fiction, and translations have appeared
in Rivendell, The Cortland Review, Barrow Street, The
Iowa Review, Rhino, and numerous other journals. He co-directs the
Writing Studio at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
Bergvall is a poet and performance artist based in London, England. Her
most recent collection of poetic and performance pieces, FIG (Goan Atom 2)
has recently been published by Salt Publishing. Her CD of readings and audiotexts,
Via: Poems 1994-2004 (Rockdrill 8) is available through Carcanet. She develops
live readings, performances, collaborative pieces, both in Europe and in North
America. She is Research Fellow at Dartington College of Arts (Devon) and co-Chair
of the MFA Writing Faculty, Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College (NY).
For more information see: http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/bergvall/
Bill Berkson is
a poet, art critic, and professor of Liberal Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute.
His books of poetry include Serenade, Fugue State, a collection
of his 1960s collaborations with Frank O'Hara entitled Hymns of St. Bridget
& Other Writings, and Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz).
The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, a selection of
his criticism, appeared from Qua Books in 2004.
Bernstein is the author of 39 books, ranging from large-scale collections
of poetry and essays to pamphlets, libretti, translations, and collaborations.
Recent full-length works of poetry include Girly Man (University of Chicago
Press, 2006), With Strings (University of Chicago Press, 2001), and Republics
of Reality: 1975-1995 (Sun & Moon Press, 2000). He is Donald T. Regan Professor
of English at the University of Pennsylvania and, in 2006, was elected a Fellow
of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. With Bruce Andrews, Bernstein edited
L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, which was anthologized as The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book
(Southern Illinois University Press, 1984). He has been host and co-producer of
LINEbreak and Close Listening, two radio poetry series. For more information go
Adrian Blevins's The Brass Girl Brouhaha (2003) won the 2004
Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Blevins is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers'
Foundation Award for poetry, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, and a Bright
Hill Press chapbook award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (1995;
1996). Her poems and essays have appeared in The Utne Reader, The
Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Ontario Review,
Poet Lore, The Drunken Boat, Salon.com, and other magazines
and journals. New work is forthcoming in Southern Cultures, 88: A
Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Rivendell, and Poetry.
Bohince's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, Antioch
Review, Field, Green Mountains Review, Michigan Quarterly
Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Poetry
Daily and Best New Poets 2005. She has received the Grolier Poetry
Prize, residencies from the MacDowell Colony, and artist's grants from the Puffin
Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation.
Michelle Boisseau was educated at Ohio University (B.A., M.A.) and the
University of Houston (Ph.D.). Her books of poetry include Trembling Air
(University of Arkansas Press, 2003); Understory, winner of the Morse
Prize (Northeastern University Press, 1996);and No Private Life (Vanderbilt,
1990). She is also author of the popular text Writing Poems (Longman),
in its 6th edition. Her poems have appeared in The Yale Review, Threepenny
Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry, and
Ploughshares. Her work has received a National Endowment for the Arts poetry
fellowship and awards from the Poetry Society of America. She is a professor of
English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she also is associate
editor of BkMk Press and the coordinator of the Creative Writing program.
Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog
and Wolf and of Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner
Prize for Poetry for 2001. She is the editor of Outsiders: Poems
about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades and Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife
in the City. Her next anthology, Never Before: Poems about First
Experiences will come out from Four Way Books in the fall of 2005.
She and her husband, poet Kurt Brown, have completed a book of translations from
Flemish poet, Herman de Coninck: The Plural of Happiness, which the Field
Translations Series will publish in 2006. She teaches a graduate poetry
workshop at Sarah Lawrence College.
Brock is the author of Weighing Light (Ivan R. Dee, 2005) and
the translator of books by Cesare Pavese, Roberto Calasso, and Umberto Eco. He
has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship,
and he is on the faculty of the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at
the University of Arkansas. His website is www.geoffreybrock.com.
Joel Brouwer is the author of two books of poems: Exactly
What Happened (Purdue University Press, 1999) and Centuries (Four
Way Books, 2003). He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the
Arts and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. His poems and essays have appeared
in AGNI, Boston Review, Chelsea, Crazyhorse, Massachusetts Review, Paris Review,
Parnassus, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Progressive, Southwest Review, and other
magazines. He teaches at the University of Alabama.
Cole's most recent collection, Middle Earth, was a finalist
for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004.
Collier is a professor of English at the University of Maryland and director
of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College.
Collins was raised in coastal North Carolina. He earned his MFA at the
University of California, Irvine. His current work-in-progress is supported by
a Schaeffer Fellowship from the International Institute of Modern Letters, and
he teaches in the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of
is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Profane Halo, Lovers
in the Used World, Beckon, Tall Stranger, and Some Gangster
Pain. The winner of several Pushcart Prizes, her works have been included
in Best American Poetry. She is poet-in-residence and professor of English
at Sonoma State University and the editor of Volt.
Cording teaches English and creative writing at Holy Cross College. His
fifth collection of poems, Common Life, is forthcoming in April 2006 from
is the founding editor and producer of The Lumberyard, a radio magazine
of poetry, prose, and music on WHUS in Storrs, CT. His first book, Balance
Act, was published by Insomniac Press in 2000. He has released two CDs of
original music, God Damn Doghouse and Radio-Bueno, with Elis Eil
Randall Couch received
a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in poetry in 2000 and an MFA from
Warren Wilson College in 2003. He teaches at Arcadia University and serves
on the planning committee of Penn's Kelly Writers House. He is a contributor to
the critical anthology Gabriela Mistral: The Audacious Traveler, edited
by Marjorie Agosín (Ohio University Press, 2003).
Davidson is the author of Consolation Miracle (Southern Illinois
UP, 2003). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Doubletake,
Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Virginia
Quarterly Review, and others. He teaches literature and creative writing
at the University of West Georgia near Atlanta.
Kwon Dobbs was born in Wonju-Si, South Korea. Her debut collection,
Paper Pavilion, received the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was published
in 2007. Currently, she is assistant professor of creative writing at St. Olaf
College and lives in Minneapolis.
Patrick Donnelly's first collection of poems
is The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003), about which Gregory Orr wrote: "Donnelly
writes of eros and AIDS, grief and rage—and everything he writes is suffused
with tenderness and intelligence, lucidity and courage." His poems have appeared
in The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review,
The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, and he is an associate editor at
Four Way Books.
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Erica Doyle was born in Brooklyn after the riots of '68. Her work has
appeared in Best American Poetry, Callaloo, Ploughshares,
Best Black Women's Erotica, Bum Rush the Page, Ms. Magazine,
and is forthcoming in Bloom, Our Caribbean: Writing by LGBT Writers
of the Antilles, and Quotes Community: Notes for Black Poets. She
has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea
Lesbian Writers Fund, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a fellow
of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers.
Drucker is an artist and writer known for her experimental books of
visual poetry and typography. She has written and published widely on topics related
to the aesthetics of visual language, contemporary art, digital humanities, and
the history of design and typography. Her creative publications are in special
collections in libraries and museums in the United States and Europe. Her most
recent titles include A Girl's Life (with Susan Bee, Granary), Quantum
(Druckwerk), Emerging Sentience (with Brad Freeman), and From
Now (Cuneiform Press, due in Fall 2005). She recently published Sweet
Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity (University of Chicago Press). She
is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.
Blau DuPlessis is known as a feminist critic and scholar with a special
interest in modern and contemporary poetry, and as a poet and essayist. Blue
Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work, a book of essays, was published by
University of Alabama Press in 2006; in the same year, Alabama also reprinted
DuPlessis’s classic work The Pink Guitar. Her recent books of poetry are
Drafts 1- 38, Toll (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and DRAFTS. Drafts
39-57, Pledge with Draft, Unnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004). A poem
from this book appears in Best American Poetry 2004. A new collection,
Torques: Drafts 58-76, is due from Salt Publishing in 2007.
Ken Edwards's books include the poetry collections Intensive Care
(1986), Good Science (1992), 3600 Weekends (1993), eight
+ six (2003), and the novel Futures (1998). He has been editor/publisher
of Reality Street Editions since 1993. He is active in music as well as writing:
his text for a piece by John Tilbury for piano, voice and sampled sounds, There's
something in there…, was premiered in 2003, and his music for Fanny
Howe's Spiral was first performed in Brighton and London in 2004. He
is writing a new novel. He lives in Hastings on the south coast of England and
works as an editor for the Royal College of Nursing in London.
Terry Ehret has published three collections of poetry, including
the collaborative volume Suspensions (White Mountain Press, 1990), Lost
Body (Copper Canyon Press, 1993), and most recently Translations from
the Human Language (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2001). Literary awards include
the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, and Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize.
She is the co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a shared-work poetry publishing
collective, run by and for San Francisco Bay Area poets. She is currently
poet laureate of Sonoma County, where she teaches writing and lives with her husband
Roger Fanning's first book of poems, The Island
Itself, was a National Poetry Series selection. His second book, Homesick,
was published in 2002, and he is currently at work on a third collection, tentatively
titled Buoyancy Disorders.
Flowers graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University and received
his M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Oregon. His poems have appeared in
Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, and Puerto
del Sol. Flowers is also the founding editor of BLOOM, a journal for lesbian and gay writing that
Edmund White has called "the most exciting new queer literary publication
to emerge in years." Currently, he is Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation, the country's leading literary
organization for LGBTQ writers and readers.
Fried is Poetry Editor at Persea Books, and the author of Making the
New Lamb Take (Sarabande Books, 2007), which won the 2006 Kathryn A. Morton
Prize in Poetry.
most recent books are Sadly (Flood Editions, 2003) and Avoid Activity
(Rubba Ducky, 2003); Watchword is forthcoming in 2006 from Flood Editions.
He lives in Winnetka, Illinois.
Gander's most recent books include Torn Awake (New Directions,
2001) and Faithful Existence: Essays (forthcoming from Shoemaker &
Hoard). Princeton University Press will bring out Gander’s translation,
with Kent Johnson, of The Night by Jaime Saenz.
Gay is the author of the collection Against
Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006). He teaches at Indiana University and
in the low-residency program at New England College.
González is the author of four books, So Often the Pitcher
Goes to Water until It Breaks, a 1998 National Poetry Series selection; two
bilingual children's books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs / Soledad Suspiros and Antonio's
Card / La Tarjeta de Antonio; and a novel, Crossing Vines. He has three
titles forthcoming: Butterfly Boy, a memoir; Other Fugitives and Other
Strangers, poetry; and a biography of Chicano writer Tomas Rivera. He is Associate
Professor of English and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
and is Contributing Editor to Poets & Writers magazine.
Goodan was raised in Montana, and fought forest fires for many years.
He attended the University of Montana, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
His first book, In the Ghost-House Acquainted, was published by Alice James
Books in 2004, and recieved the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for 2005. He
currently lives on a small farm in western Massachusetts.
Greenhouse's poems have appeared in journals such as Antioch Review,
Bellingham Review, Chelsea, Fence, Paris Review,
and Ploughshares. His chapbook, What Remains, was chosen for
a National Chapbook Fellowship and was published by the Poetry Society of America
Sarah Gridley was
educated at Harvard University, where she earned her BA in English and American
Literature, and at the University of Montana, where she earned an MFA in poetry
in 2000. Her first collection of poems, Weather Eye Open, was published
in the New California Poetry Series by the University of California Press, Berkeley.
Her poems have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, jubilat, Journal
1913, VOLT, and elsewhere. She works at the Patten Free Library in
Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), winner
of the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute
of Letters and the letterpress chapbook Not Body (Urban Editions 2001).
Her poems, reviews, and translations appear in Kenyon Review, New England
Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best American Poetry.
She is the newly appointed assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference
and is currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of Houston where she organizes
the Krakow Poetry Seminar, an international gathering to discuss the cross-pollination
of American and Polish poetries.
Halsey's books include The Text of Shelley's Death (1995),
Wittgenstein's Devil: Selected Writing 1978-98 (2000) and Marginalien
(2005). His edition of the later text of Beddoes's Death's Jest-Book
was published by West House Books in 2003, and his several essays on Beddoes's
life & work have appeared in various journals & pamphlets. Website: <http://www.westhousebooks.co.uk>
is made to the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society who issued Thomas Lovell Beddoes:
Poems & Songs read by Alan Halsey & Geraldine Monk on cassette in
2000. The society may be contacted at 9 Amber Court, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1HG,
UK; email: email@example.com.
Harris, New Hampshire Poet Laureate 1999-2004, is a writer, teacher,
editor, and businesswoman. In 2003, she produced the first-ever gathering of state
poets laureate. She has served as writer-in-residence at elementary and secondary
schools throughout New England, and has written freelance articles for publications
including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Hampshire
Sunday News, and Corvette Fever. She is the author of four books of
poetry--the most recent of which being Your Sun, Manny: A Prose Poem Memoir--and
is the editor of several poetry anthologies. She has written two books for children:
G is for Granite: A New Hampshire Alphabet, and Primary Numbers: A New
Hampshire Number Book. In 2003, Harris was named Library Trustee of the Year
by the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association. Currently, she is working on
a project involving America's first woman composer, Amy Beach.
Harris is the author of 10 Tongues (Three Conditions Press, 2002),
and complier of Carry The Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books (Vintage
Entity Press, 2007). A finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the ForeWord Book
of the Year, he has received Individual Artist Awards for both poetry and fiction
from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work has recently appeared in the Voices
Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing
and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South anthologies, and other publications.
He is Help Desk and Training Manager for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore,
Michael Haslam (b.
Bolton, Lancashire, U.K., 1947) has lived at Foster Clough, on the Pennine moor-edge
above Hebden Bridge, in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, since 1970, writing,
loving and labouring in the immediate vicinity. Publications include Continual
Song (Open Township 1986), A Whole Bauble: Collected Poems 1977-94
(Carcanet 1995), The Music Laid her Songs in Language (Arc 2001),
and A Sinner Saved by Grace (Arc 2005).
Crockett Hill is the author of the award-winning book of poems, If
You Return Home with Food. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including
Boston Review, River Styx, Pleiades, and American Poetry:
The Next Generation. She is currently working on an anthology of
poems by mothers and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabyth Hiscox lives and writes in Tempe,
Arizona, where she teaches creative writing and English at Arizona State University.
An Assistant Poetry Editor for the online journal 42opus,
she was recently Poet-in-Residence at St. Chad's College of Durham University,
Fanny Howe has written
many novels and books of poems. They include The Deep North, Selected
Poems, Economics, On the Ground, and Gone and Indivisible.
She is Professor Emerita of Literature at the University of California, San Diego
and the winner of the Lenore Marshall Award and of a Guggenheim. She lives
in New England.
Poet and critic Yunte Huang
is the author of numerous books, including Transpacific Displacement
and Shi: A Radical Reading of Chinese Poetry. He has translated Ezra
Pound's poetry into Chinese. Huang teaches at the University of California-Santa
Barbara. His reading for Romantic Circles was made on the occasion of the 2006
MLA "The Sound of Poetry, The Poetry of Sound" meeting.
Kaminsky was born in Odessa, formerly of the Soviet Union, in 1977,
and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by
the American government. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo
Press, 2004) which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award,
the Dorset Prize, and the 2005 Poetry Book of the Year from ForeWord Magazine.
Ilya has served as a Writer In Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and worked
as a Law Clerk at Bay Area Legal Aid, and National Immigration Law Center. He
lives in Berkeley, California. For more information, please visit his website
Kearney's first full-length collection of poetry, Fear, Some,
was published by Red Hen Press in October 2006. A graduate of Cave Canem and CalArts,
he lives with his wife in the Valley, right outside LA.
Kiley lives and teaches in Rhode Island. Her poems have appeared in
Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Swerve, and
Andrew Kozma received
his M.F.A. from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in English Literature
and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He was born in Tucson, Arizona,
but only lived there nine months, so your guess is as good as his as to where
he’s from. His poems have been published in AGNI On-line, Hunger Mountain,
Dislocate, Forklift, Ohio, and Third Coast and he
has published non-fiction in The Iowa Review. His first book of poems,
City of Regret, was chosen by Richard Jackson for the Zone 3 First
Book Award and was released in 2007.
Kryah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of the
Iowa Writers' Workshop, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas, where he was a Schaeffer Fellow in poetry. His first collection of poems,
Glean (2007), won the 2005 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize judged by Donald
Revell. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, FIELD, The
Iowa Review, Pleiades, and Shenandoah, among other journals.
He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter and is a Visiting Assistant Professor
in UNLV's University College. He is also poetry editor for Witness.
Kuipers is a native of the Northwest. She earned her B.A. at Swarthmore
College and her M.F.A. at the University of Oregon. She has received fellowships
from Oregon Literary Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She is also the recipient
of the 2007 Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, which will provide
her with a year of solitude in Oregon's Rogue River Valley. She will use her time
there to complete work on her manuscript, Beautiful in the Mouth, which
contains poems currently published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner,
Atlanta Review, West Branch, Painted Bride Quarterly,
Parthenon West Review, and Faultline, among others. She lives
in Missoula, Montana with her dog, Bishop.
Larkin (b. New Forest, Hampshire, UK, 1946) is the author of two large
poetry collections, Terrain Seed Scarcity (2001) and Leaves of Field
(2006), as well as many smaller pamphlets. He ran Prest Roots Press from the late
'80s until three years ago. He works at Warwick University Library and has published
a number of academic papers on the Romantic poets.
LeGrand earned writing degrees from The State University of New York
at Oswego and Sarah Lawrence College. His poems have appeared in The Cortland
Review, The Atlanta Review, and are forthcoming in Paper Street.
Finishing Line Press
published his first collection of poems, Various Ways of Thinking about the Universe, in 2005.
He has instructed writing courses at Temple University and the University of the
Arts in Philadelphia. Currently, he teaches writing at North Carolina State University
and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Diaz de León is a composer currently living in Brooklyn, NY, where he
writes chamber music for instruments and electronics, collaborates with Jay King
in the audiovisual duo King/Diaz de León, and plays improvised music. He holds
a B.M. in TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) from the Oberlin Conservatory,
and is a recipient of the 2005 Meet the Composer / Van Lier Fellowship.
You can find information about Lisa Lewis at
Lightman has been publishing pamphlets with experimental presses for
fifteen years. He moved to northeast England in 2000, and has become involved
in both private and public art. Ira became interested in Wordsworth upon moving
to the northeast (though Wordsworth is from the northwest), which he partly attributes
to an improved ear for northern speech. You can visit his links page at http://www.iralightman.com.
Marie Macari's first book, Ivory Cradle, won the APR first
book prize in 2000. Her second book, Gloryland, was
published by Alice James Books in 2005. Her poems have appeared widely in literary
magazines and, in 2005, she won the James Dickey Award for poetry from Five Points magazine.
Cleopatra Mathis's sixth book of poems, White Sea, will
be published in 2005 by Sarabande Books. She is the recipient of many grants and
awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a fellowship from
the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Robert Frost Award, and The Peter
Lavin Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught
English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College since 1982.
Sebastian Matthews, a graduate of the University of Michigan's
MFA program, teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College and edits Rivendell,
a place-based literary journal. He is the author of the memoir, In My Father's
Footsteps, and co-editor, with Stanley Plumly of Search Party: Collected
Poems of William Matthews. His poems have appeared in Atlantic Monthly,
New England Review, Post Road, Seneca Review, and Tin
House among others. Matthews was a recent Bernard De Voto Fellow in Nonfiction.
Metres is a poet and a translator whose work has appeared in numerous
journals and in Best American Poetry (2002). His publications include
the chapbooks Instants
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006) and Primer
for Non-Native Speakers (The Kent State University Press, 2004), the
translation (with Tatiana Tulchinsky) Catalogue
of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling
Presse, 2004), and the translation A
Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (Zephyr Press,
2003). Forthcoming is Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American
Homefront, Since 1941 (University of Iowa Press, 2007). He teaches literature
and creative writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Were it not
for Ellis Island, his last name would be Abourjaili.
Michelson lives in Los Angeles, California. He holds degrees in poetry
from Johns Hopkins University and Sarah Lawrence College, and he is currently
pursuing a PhD in comparative literature from USC, where he studies the poetry
of Latin America (particularly Argentina and Uruguay) in relation to that of the
US and UK. He also runs the Fringe Poets Reading Series, and his first collection
of poetry, Maestro of Brutal Splendor, is available from Jeanne Duval
Thorpe Moeckel's first
book of poems, Odd Botany, was published in 2002 by Silverfish Review
Press, and his chapbooks include Meltlines, The Guessing Land,
and Making a Map of the River. New poems and essays are forthcoming in
Verse, Virginia Quarterly Review, Rivendell, and North
Carolina Literary Review. He earned an MFA in 2002 at University of Virginia,
where he was a Jacob K. Javits and Henry Hoyns Fellow. A former Kenan Visiting
Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill, he now teaches at Hollins University.
Geraldine Monk was born in England in 1952. Her work has
appeared in many of the major anthologies including Conductors of Chaos,
the Oxford Anthology of 20th Century British & Irish Poetry and the
first Ahadada Reader. Noctivagations, her 2001 collection of
poetry and other texts was published by West House Books and her Selected
Poems from Salt Publications appeared in 2003. Escafeld Hangings
her latest collection is due to be published by West House Books in 2005. More
information and a personal web page is available on <http://www.westhousebooks.co.uk/>
Moxley is the author of three books of poetry: Often Capital (Flood
2005), The Sense Record (Edge 2002; Salt 2003), and Imagination Verses
(Tender Buttons 1996; Salt 2003). Her translation of the French poet Jacqueline
Risset's 1976 book The Translation Begins was published by Burning Deck
in 1996. She is poetry editor of The Baffler, contributing editor of The
Poker, and advisor to The Modern Review. She lives in Orono, Maine.
For links to her work online, reviews, and more biographical information visit:
Charles North is poet-in-residence
at Pace University in Manhattan. In addition to receiving four awards from the
Fund for Poetry, he is a two-time winner of the National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowship. His books include: Six Buildings (Swollen
Magpie Press 1977), Leap Year, Poems 1968-1978 (Kulchur 1978), Year
of the Olive Oil (Hanging Loose Press 1989), No Other Way: Poets, Critics,
and Painters (Hanging Loose Press 1998), New and Selected Poems (Sun
and Moon Press, 1999), and The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight (Adventures
in Poetry 2001), among others.
O'Donnell is founding editor and executive director of From the Fishouse,
an audio archive of emerging poets: www.fishousepoems.org
Orlen is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Permission
to Speak (1978), A Place at the Table (1981), The Bridge of Sighs
(1992), Kisses (1997), and This Particular Eternity (2001). His
work had been honored with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and
from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He teaches at the University of Arizona
and in the low-residency MFA at Warren Wilson College.
Paschen is the author of Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas
Roerich Poetry Prize, and of Houses: Coasts. Her poems have appeared
in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Shenandoah,
among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies, including Poetry 180:
A Turning Back to Poetry; The POETRY Anthology, 1912-2002; Reinventing
the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America;
and A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women.
Former Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is the co-founder of "Poetry
in Motion," a nation-wide program which places poetry posters in subways
and buses. Co-editor of Poetry in Motion, Poetry in Motion
from Coast to Coast, and Poetry Speaks, she teaches in the
Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn more
about Paschen's work at <www.hanksville.org/storytellers/paschen/>.
is the author is numerous volumes of poetry, including Nil Nil (1993),
which was awarded the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, God's
Gift to Women (1997), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber
Memorial Prize, and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot
Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. He has also been awarded an Eric Gregory
Award, a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award, and his poem 'A Private
Bottling' won the Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition in 1993. Other
published volumes include adaptations of poems by Machado and Rilke, contemporary
plays, and several collected anthologies. He is poetry editor for Picador
(London). His recitation of Hartley Coleridge's poem was recorded live at the
Conference in Cannington, UK.
la Paz teaches creative writing at Western Washington University. He
is a recipient of a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He has worked
with Kundiman as faculty/staff since 2004, and he currently serves on their
Advisory Board. Oliver's poems have appeared in journals such as Quarterly
West, Cream City Review, Third Coast, North American Review,
and elsewhere. Names Above Houses, a book of his prose and verse, was a
winner of the 2000 Crab Orchard Award Series and was published by Southern Illinois
University Press in 2001. His second collection of poems, Furious Lullaby,
will be published in 2007 by SIU Press.
Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second
Blush, and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems, both published by W.W.
Norton and Company.
V. Penelope Pelizzon's
first poetry collection, Nostos
(Ohio University Press, 2000) won the Hollis Summers Prize and the Poetry Society
of America’s 2001 Norma Farber First Book Award. Other honors include a Discovery/The
Nation Award, The Kenneth Rexroth Translation Award (for Umberto Saba’s poems
from Italian), the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Foundation Award
first book, Chattahoochee , received
the both the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize and was published by the University
of Arkansas Press. Poems from the book have appeared in many magazines, including
Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Nation. His honors include
a Discovery/The Nation Award, a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Copenhagen,
and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
He recently completed a doctorate in Renaissance Literature at New York University,
and teaches at Maritime College in New York City.
Pinksy was elected Poet Laureate of the United States in 1997, and he
teaches in the Writing program at Boston University. During his tenure as Laureate,
he began the Favorite Poems Project, an archive of Americans reading their favorite
verse. Visit the archive at <http://www.favoritepoem.org>
or learn more about Pinsky’s work at <http://www.loc.gov/poetry/laureate.html>.
Hermine Pinson, a native of Beaumont,
Texas, is the author of two collections of poetry, Ashe and Mama
Yetta and Other Poems, both with Wings Press. She has also published short
fiction and critical essays in such publications as Callaloo; AfricanAmerican
Review; Texas Bound: Short Stories by and about Texas Women; Konch,
Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia, and Verse. She is
presently working on a new collection to be published in the fall of 2007.
Jonah Raskin is the author of eight books, including most recently
American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' and the Making of the Beat Generation,
which The San Francisco Chronicle named one of the best 100 books of
2004. The chair of the Communication Studies Department at Sonoma State University
(SSU) and the book critic for the Santa Rosa, California, Press Democrat,
he has published three poetry chapbooks, "Jonah Raskin's Greatest Hits,"
"More Poems, Better Poems," and "Bone Love." At SSU, he teaches
media law and journalism and co-ordinates the student internship program.
Roderick's first book, Blue
Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published jointly by The
American Poetry Review and Copper Canyon Press in 2006. He is currently the
Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rouse, a native Virginian, lives in Hastings, England. She was Literary
Fund Visiting Writing Fellow at Queens University, Belfast as well as at the University
of Glasgow from 2000-02. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic, The
Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, the London Review of Books
and other journals. Her three collections are published by Bloodaxe Books.
Riley is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Love-Strife
Machine (1968), The Linear Journal (1973), Lines on the Liver
(1981), Tracks and Mineshafts (1983), Sea Watches (1991), Alstonefield
and Distant Points (1995), Noon Province (1996), Snow has
Settled . . . Bury Me Here (1997), The Dance at Mociu (2003), and Excavations
(2004). The recent special issue of The Gig/Poetry (4:5, 2000) was dedicated
to the discussion of his verse and his contribution to British poetry.
Sadoff is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Grazing
and Barter. (To hear him read his poem "IRAN/IRAQ,"
from this collection, please click here.) He
is also the author of a novel, Uncoupling, and The Ira Sadoff Reader
(poems, stories, and essays). His work has been widely anthologized, appearing
in both The Harper Anthology of American Literature and St.
Martin's Introduction to Literature; he has received grants from the Guggenheim
Foundation and the NEA and has taught at the University of Virginia, the Iowa
Writer's Work Shop, and the M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson College. Currently,
he teaches at Colby College and is a core faculty member at New England College's
low-residency M.F.A. program. For more information on his work, see <http://www.colby.edu/~isadoff/barter.html>
Robin Beth Schaer is the recipient
of a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has been nominated
for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in Rattapallax, Denver
Painted Bride Quarterly, and Barrow Street, among others. She
was educated at Colgate University and Columbia University, and has taught literature
and writing at Columbia University and Cooper Union. She works at the Academy
of American Poets and lives in New York City.
Sexton is the author of Sleuth, a collection of poems published by New Issues
Press (Western Michigan University) in 2003, and Causeway, forthcoming
with New Issues in Spring 2008. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in
numerous journals including American Poetry Review, ARTnews,
Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Women's Review of Books,
the Writer's Chronicle (AWP), and online with Poetry Daily.
Shaw is the author of Undertow (2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky
Poetry Prize from Persea Books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in
journals including New American Writing, Hayden's Ferry Review,
Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, and Subtropics. A recipient
of a Gertrude Stein Award from Green Integer Press and a finalist for the Colorado
Poetry Prize, she is assistant professor of English at Franklin Pierce University.
Barry Silesky's third book of
poems, This Disease, will be out from Tampa University Press, Fall 2006.
He is author of biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and John Gardner, as well
as editor of the literary journal ACM (Another Chicago Magazine).
He teaches poetry at Loyola University-Chicago.
Struloeff is the author of the poetry collection, The Man I Was
Supposed to Be, forthcoming from Loom Press in Fall 2007. His poems have
appeared or are soon forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Prairie
Schooner, Zyzzyva, PN Review (UK), The Southern Review,
and elsewhere. In 2005, he completed the Ph.D. program in creative writing at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently (2005-07) a Stegner Fellow
in poetry at Stanford University.
Thomas's Door to Door (Fordham University Press, 2002) was chosen
by Yusef Komunyakaa as the winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize. He received
a 2003 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his poem
"Quarter Past Blue" appeared in the 2004 Pushcart Prize anthology.
His most recent book of poems, Dragging the Lake, is forthcoming from
Carnegie Mellon University Press. He has an MFA from Warren Wilson College.
He and his wife live in South San Francisco. Learn more about Thomas's work
Jeffrey Thomson's third book
of poems, Renovation, was part of the Carnegie Mellon University Press
poetry series in 2005. His second collection of poems, The Country of Lost
Sons, inaugurated a new poetry series from Parlor Press at Purdue University
in February 2004 and first book, The Halo Brace, was brought out in a limited
edition letterpress version from Birch Brook Press in 1998. He is an Assistant
Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine, Farmington.
Thurston began writing in the context of Gilbert Adair's Sub-Voicive
Poetry reading series and Bob Cobbing's New River Project workshops in London
in the late eighties. After a first degree and a job teaching English in Poland,
he completed a Ph.D. on Linguistically Innovative Poetry and Poetics. Currently
residing in Liverpool, he lectures in English and Creative Writing at the University
of Salford and edits The Radiator, a journal of contemporary poetics. His
publications include: HOLD: Poems 1994-2004 (Exeter: Shearsman, 2006),
Of Utility (Hereford: Spanner, 2005), Turns (with Robert Sheppard)
(Liverpool: Ship of Fools/Radiator, 2003), Two Sequences (Sutton: RWC,
1998), Sleight of Foot (London: Reality Street Editions, 1996), Fragments
(Norwich: The Lilliput Press, 1994), State(s)walk(s) (London: Writers'
Forum, 1994) and Poems Nov 89 - Jun 91 (London: Writers' Forum, 1991).
Daniel Tobin is the author of
three books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life,
and The Narrows, and a book of criticism titled Passage to the Center:
Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, as well as numerous
essays on poetry. His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The Nation,
The Paris Review, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Southern Review, and
The Times Literary Supplement, and have been anthologized in Hammer
and Blaze, The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, The
Norton Introduction to Poetry, and elsewhere. Among his awards are the "The
Discovery / The Nation Award," The Robert Penn Warren Award, The
Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, The Greensboro
Review Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He is Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson
College in Boston.
A 2001 and 2004 Pushcart Prize nominee, Elizabeth
Volpe lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her poems have appeared in
many journals, including: Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review,
River Styx, Cave Wall, and roger. She won The Briarcliff Review 2004 Poetry Contest,
the 2006 Metro Detroit Writers Contest, and the 2008 Juniper Prize from Alligator
Juniper. Her chapbook won the 2007 Robert Watson Poetry Award from Spring Garden
Press/The Greensboro Review, and she was nominated for 2008 Best New Poets.
Waldman, poet, editor, performer, professor, curator, cultural activist
carries in her genetics the lineages of the New American Poetry, and is a considered
an inheritor of the Beat (Allen Ginsberg called her his "spiritual wife") and
the New York School (Frank O'Hara told her to "work for inspiration, not money")
mantles. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Shelley
prize for poetry, and has had residences at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria,
The Atlantic Center for the Arts and at the Christian Woman's University in Tokyo.
Directing the Poetry Project at St Mark's Poetry Project over a decade, she co-founded
the Jack Keroauc School of Disembodied Poetics with Allen Ginsberg at the Buddhist-inspired
Naropa University in 1974. She currently is a Distinguished Professor and Chair
of Naropa's celebrated Summer Writing Program and is working with the Study Abroad
on the Bowery project in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Author and editor of over
40 books and small press editions of poetry, she has been working for over 25
years on the epic Iovis project (two volumes published by Coffee House
Press, 1993, 1997) and has published most recently Marriage: A Sentence,
Coffee House Press 2000; In the Room of Never Grieve: New & Selected Poems
with CD collaboration with Ambrose Bye, Coffee House Press 2003; Dark Arcana:
Afterimage or Glow, with photographs by Patti Smith, Heavenbone Press 2003;
and Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble, a long Buddhist poem,
Penguin Poets 2004. She makes her home in New York City and Boulder, Colorado.
She was awarded a residency at the Rockefeller's Bellagio center in April of 2006.
Joshua Weiner's collections
of poetry include The World's Room (2001) and From the Book of Giants
(2006). He was a Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellow in Literature at the American
Academy in Rome and his writing has appeared in numerous publications, including
The Nation, Best American Poetry, and The Threepenny Review.
He currently lives in Washington, DC.
Wise is the author of the poetry collection The Kingdom of the Subjunctive (Alice James Books, 2000).
Her poetry has appeared in the anthologies American Poetry: The Next Generation
and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and in the
journals Tikkun, Pierogi Press, Boston Review, Fence,
among others. She has taught creative writing at Middlebury College in Vermont,
and at the Pratt Institute and Poets' House in New York City.
Wright is originally from Wartrace, Tenn, and now lives in New York
City, where she teaches poetry at New York University's Continuing Studies Program.
She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in the
2River View, Harpur Palate, Memorious, Pequod, Small
Spiral Notebook, and elsewhere. She is the Poetry Editor at Guernica.
Yakich is the author of Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to
Cross (National Poetry Series, Penguin 2004) and The Making of Collateral Beauty (Snowbound Chapbook Award,
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