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Poet, fiction writer, translator, critic, former editor (1981-1997) of TriQuarterly magazine. Professor of English, Classics, and Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University (1981- ); former Chair of the English Department (2002-05); currently Director of the Center for the Writing Arts (2006- ); and Co-Director, MA/MFA in Creative Writing (2003- ), School of Continuing Studies, Northwestern University. Also member of core faculty, MFA Program for Writers (low-residency), Warren Wilson College (1989- ). AB Princeton 1969 in Spanish (Phi Beta Kappa; magna cum laude), MA Stanford 1971 in English and Creative writing, PhD Stanford 1974 in Comparative Literature.
AWARDS, in addition to eight book prizes (see book titles, below), include: Finalist, 2008 National Book Award in Poetry (Creatures of a Day); Folger Shakespeare Library 2004 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize; poetry fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Illinois Arts Council; Best Short Story Award and Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Literary Translation, both from the Texas Institute of Letters; John Masefield Award, Poetry Society of America; John Frederick Nims award, Poetry magazine; inclusion in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize, and other honors.
POETRY: Eight full-length volumes: Roofs Voices Roads (Quarterly Review of Literature poetry prize series, 1979), The Ruined Motel (winner of New Poetry Series competition; Houghton Mifflin, 1981), Saints (winner of National Poetry Series competition; Persea Books, 1986), Maybe It Was So (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1991; Carl Sandburg Award, 1992), Sparrow: New and Selected Poems (LSU Press, 1997; Balcones Poetry Prize, 1998), Homage to Longshot O’Leary (Holy Cow! Press, 1999), It’s Time (LSU Press, 2002; 2002 Best Book of Poetry Award, Texas Institute of Letters); and Creatures of a Day (LSU Press, 2008); and two chapbooks, In the Warhouse (2004) and Fern-Texts (2005).
NOVEL: Sweetbitter (Broken Moon Press, 1994; reprint Penguin Books, 1996; reprint LSU Press, 2003; Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, 1995; Jesse Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, 1995).
SHORT FICTION: Five Pears or Peaches (Broken Moon Press, 1991).
TRANSLATIONS of twentieth-century Spanish poetry: Selected Poems of Luis Cernuda (Univ. of California Press, 1977; reprint Sheep Meadow, 1999) and [Jorge] Guillén on Guillén (with A. L. Geist; Princeton Univ. Press, 1979); of ancient Greek, including Euripides’ Bakkhai (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001), Sophokles’ Antigone (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003) (both of the latter translated with Charles Segal), and Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (Princeton Univ. Press, 2008; Soeurette Diehl Translation Award, Texas Institute of Letters); of contemporary Mexican poetry (poems in New Writing from Mexico, TriQuarterly, 1992); and of numerous poems in Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, ancient Greek and other languages, published in literary journals and anthologies.
EDITED VOLUMES: The Poets' Work (Houghton-Mifflin, 1979; reprint Univ. of Chicago Press, 1989), Criticism in the University (with Gerald Graff; Northwestern Univ. Press, 1985), The Writer in Our World (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986), Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem (with Terrence Des Pres; Univ. of Illinois Press, 1991), New Writing from Mexico (TriQuarterly Books, 1992), Goyen: Autobiographical Essays, Notebooks, Evocations, Interviews (a posthumous collection of autobiographical writings of William Goyen [1915-1983]; University of Texas Press, 2007), and many other books.
JOURNAL ISSUES: Editor (1981-1997) of TriQuarterly magazine, an international journal of new writing, art and cultural inquiry published at Northwestern University.
CRITICISM, SCHOLARSHIP, AND TEXTUAL EDITING: William Goyen: A Study of the Short Fiction, and many published essays on poetry and fiction, as well as reviews, plus editions of William Goyen, Half a Look of Cain and The House of Breath, with critical essays.
Poems, fiction, translations, essays, substantial interviews (of Cyrus Colter, Thomas McGrath, Theodore Weiss, William Goyen, Sterling Plumpp), book reviews and drawings published in scores of periodicals and literary journals and reprinted in more than forty edited collections.
Also: Works reviewed in major newspapers and journals. Readings, lectures, classes and workshops given at many colleges, universities, research centers, public libraries, and other institutions in the U.S., England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Switzerland, and Venezuela.
CURRENT WORK: Columns (full-length essays) for American Poetry Review. A book co-authored with Russian poet Ilya Kutik on poetic thinking, containing critical essays on Russian poetry and translations of Russian poetry. New poems and fiction.