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Faculty in Poetry

Permanent Faculty
James Galvin has published seven books of poems, most recently As Is (Copper Canyon Press, 2009). His new and collected poems, Resurrection Update (Copper Canyon Press, 1997), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and the Poet's Prize. His second book was a National Poetry Series winner. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed prose book, The Meadow (Henry Holt, 1992), and a novel, Fencing the Sky (Henry Holt, 1999). His honors include a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation Award, a Lannan Literary Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mark Levine is the author of three books of poems, Debt, Enola Gay, and The Wilds, and a book of nonfiction, F5. His work has been published in many magazines and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, Outside, and The New Yorker.

Visiting Faculty, Spring, 2014

Richard Kenney is the author of four books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless BirdOrreryThe Invention of the Zero, and The One-Strand River. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Yale Younger Poets Prize. His work has been published in many magazines and journals, including The New YorkerThe Atlantic Monthly, and The American Scholar.

Donna Stonecipher is the author of The Reservoir and Souvenir de Constantinople. Her third book, The Cosmopolitan, won the National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. 

Visiting Faculty, Fall, 2013

Michele Glazer's books of poems are It Is Hard to Look at What We Came to Think We'd Come to See (Pittsburgh, 1998), which won the AWP Prize, Aggregate of Disturbances (Iowa, 2004), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize, and On Tact, & the Made Up World (Iowa, 2010), published in the Kuhl House Series. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, and Literary Arts. Glazer teaches in and currently directs the MFA Creative Writing program at Portland State University. 

Richard Kenney is the author of four books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless BirdOrreryThe Invention of the Zero, and The One-Strand River. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Yale Younger Poets Prize. His work has been published in many magazines and journals, including The New YorkerThe Atlantic Monthly, and The American Scholar.

D. A. Powell's books include Cocktails, (Graywolf, 2004) and Chronic (Graywolf, 2009), both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, (Graywolf, 2012), winner of the 2013 Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Powell's awards include the Kingsley Tufts Prize, a Pushcart Prize and the California Book Award. 

Past Visiting Faculty, 2012-2013:

Arda Collins is the author of It Is Daylight, winner of the 2008 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award.  Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, A Public Space, jubilat, and elsewhere.

Dora Malech is the author of two collections of poetry, Shore Ordered Ocean, published by the Waywiser Press in 2009, and Say So, published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2011. A 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Best New Poets, American Letters & Commentary, Poetry London, and The Yale Review.

Joyelle McSweeney is the author of two hybrid-genre novels: Flet, and Nylund, the Sarcographer. She is also the author of two volumes of poetry, The Commandrine and Other Poems and The Red Bird, which was chosen to inaugurate the Fence Modern Poets Series in 2001. With Johannes Göransson, she publishes Action Books and Action, Yes, a press and web-quarterly dedicated to international writing and hybrid forms.

Jonathan Thirkield is the author of The Waker's Corridor, winnder of the 2008 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Past Visiting Faculty, 2010-2011:

Cal Bedient is the author of three books of poems, Candy Necklace (1997), The Violence of the Morning (2002), and Days of Unwilling (2008), and of five books of criticism, the latest of which is The Yeats Brothers and Modernism’s Love of Mobility (2009). He is a professor in the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles and a co-editor of the University of California’s New California Poetry Series and of Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion.

Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of four books of poetry, North True South Bright, Spell, Mulberry, and This Nest, Swift Passerine, two chapbooks, Apology for the Book of Creatures and Mobius Crowns (written in collaboration with the poet Srikanth Reddy), and a book of interlinked essays on Moby-Dick, A Whaler’s Dictionary. He is one of the poetry editors for the journal A Public Space. He has taught at Grinnell College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently teaching in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation residency.

Richard Kenney is the author of four books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless BirdOrreryThe Invention of the Zero, and The One-Strand River. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Yale Younger Poets Prize. His work has been published in many magazines and journals, including The New YorkerThe Atlantic Monthly, and The American Scholar.

Geoffrey Nutter is the author of three books of poems, Christopher SunsetWater's Leaves & Other Poems, and Summer Evening. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Carnet de Route, Verse, Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, Fence, Xantippe, Best American Poetry 1997, and Iowa Anthology of New American Poetry.

Robyn Schiff is the author of the poetry collections Revolver (2008) and Worth (2002), both published by the University of Iowa Press, Kuhl House Poets series. Her work has been represented in several anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande, 2006), Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (Iowa, 2007), and Transatlantic Verse (Duration, 2005). She coedits The Canary and Canarium Books.

Rod Smith's latest collection, Deed, was published by the University of Iowa Press in the fall of 2007. He is also the author of Music or Honesty, Poèmes de l'araignée (France), The Good House, Protective Immediacy, and In Memory of My Theories. A CD of his readings, Fear the Sky, came out from Narrow House Recordings in 2005.  He is editor and publisher of Edge Books, which has established an international reputation for publishing the finest in innovative writing. Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, for the University of California Press.

Emily Wilson is the author of two books of poetry, The Keep and Micrographia. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has taught at Colby College, Grinnell College, and the University of Montana.

Past Visiting Faculty, 2008-2009
Geoffrey G. O’Brien is the author of Green and Gray (2007) and The Guns and Flags Project (2002), both from The University of California Press, and coauthor (in collaboration with the poet Jeff Clark) of 2A (Quemadura, 2006); a new collection will be forthcoming from The University of California Press in 2011, and a chapbook will be out in Fall 2009 from Hand Held Editions. He is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley and also teaches at San Quentin State Prison.

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently Inaudible Trumpeters (Harbor Mountain Press) and The Orphan & its Relations (Fence Books).  Also Known As will be out from Apogee Press late in 2009 or early in 2010.  Robinson has been the recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  In addition, she has been a winner of the National Poetry Series for Pure Descent, and the Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and teaches in the writing and poetics program at Naropa University.

Mary Jo Bang is the author of five books of poems, including Louise in Love and The Eye Like a Strange Balloon. Her most recent book of poems, Elegy (Graywolf 2007), won the National Book Critics Circle Award. A sixth book, The Bride of E, will be published by Graywolf in 2009. She has received a Guggenheim grant, a Hodder Fellowship, and the PSA's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. She currently teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and is at work on a translation of the Inferno.

Peter Gizzi is the author of The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum and other poems 1987-1992. He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and fellowships in poetry from The Fund for Poetry, The Rex Foundation, Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is currently the poetry editor for The Nation. He works at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Matthea Harvey is the author of three books of poetry: Modern Life, Sad Little Breathing Machine, and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She is a contributing editor to jubilat and BOMB. Her website is http://www.mattheaharvey.info.

 

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