Robert Pinsky, critic and poet, has held the Stegner fellowship at Stanford and served as Poetry Editor of The New Republic (1978-1987); he is currently Poetry Editor for Slate Magazine. His books of poems are Sadness and Happiness, Explanation of America, The Want Bone, History of My Heart (which was awarded the William Carlos Williams Prize of The Poetry Society of America), and Jersey Rain. He is also co-translator of poems by Czeslaw Milosz and an acclaimed translator of Dante’s Inferno. His books on contemporary poetry are The Situation of Poetry and Poetry and the World. The Figured Wheel, his book of new and collected poems, (nominated for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and awarded Ambassador Book Award in Poetry of the English Speaking Union), was published in 1996. The Sounds of Poetry and The Handbook of Heartbreak were published in 1998, followed by Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry in 2002. His latest book of poetry, Gulf Music, appeared in 2007, and since then, he has published new poems in the New Yorker. His latest prose work was Life of David. Robert was named Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997 to 2001, and in this position he founded the Favorite Poem Project. He has edited four anthologies which grew out of the project — Americans’ Favorite Poems, Poems to Read, An Invitation to Poetry, and, most recently, Essential Pleasures: Poems to Read Aloud. His Selected Poems was published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux in spring 2011.
Louise Glück is the author of twelve previous books of poetry, Firstborn, The House on Marshland, The Garden, Descending Figure, The Triumph of Achilles, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Ararat, The Wild Iris, which earned her the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award, The First Four Books of Poems, Meadowlands, Vita Nova, The Seven Ages, and Averno. Her most recent collection of poems, A Village Life, was published in September 2009. The book was chosen as a MassBook of the Year by the Massachusetts Book Award council. Her poems appear widely, from the New Yorker, to Slate, and Poetry. In addition to these, she has published a book of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry. Her awards include the Bollingen Prize, the Lannan Literary Award, and she has held fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. Recently she gave the Blashfield Address before the American Academy of Arts and Letters, only the sixth poet in the history of the organization to be granted that honor. In 2003, she succeeded Billy Collins as the 12th Poet Laureate of the United States. Louise will be the Mohr Visiting Writer at Stanford University for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Leslie Epstein: I’ve published ten books of fiction: P.D. Kimerakov (novel), The Steinway Quintet Plus Four (stories), King of the Jews (novel), Regina (novel), Goldkorn Tales (novellas), the novels Pinto & Sons, Pandaemonium, Ice Fire Water (a novel in the form of three novellas), and San Remo Drive: A Novel from Memory. My most recent novel is The Eighth Wonder of the World. More recently, my stage adaptation of my novel King of the Jews has been produced both in Boston and Maryland. I’ve held a Rhodes Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, had a couple of National Endowment for the Arts Grants, as well as one from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. I’ve also held a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio. My latest novel, Liebestod: Opera Buffa With Leib Goldkorn will be published in February 2012 from Norton.
Ha Jin, our former student, has published a number of books of poetry and the short story collections Ocean of Words, Under the Red Flag, and The Bridegroom. His novels are In the Pond, Waiting, The Crazed, War Trash, and A Free Life. His most recent publication is a collection of lectures, entitled Writer as Migrant. His collection of stories, A Good Fall, came out in late 2009. He’s been awarded the PEN/Hemingway, PEN/Faulkner (twice), the Flannery O’Connor prize, and the National Book Award. His newest novel, Nanjing Requiem, will be released by Pantheon in October 2011.
Sigrid Nunez has published six novels: A Feather on the Breath of God, Naked Sleeper, Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury, For Rouenna, The Last of Her Kind, and Salvation City. Her most recent book is Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including three Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian-American literature. A Feather on the Breath of God was a finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Award. It also received the Association for Asian American Studies Award for best novel of the year. She has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University and the New School, and has been a visiting writer at Washington University, Baruch College, and the University of California, Irvine. She has also been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and of several other writers’ conferences across the country.
You might wish to look at our work to see if you think we might be congenial spirits and colleagues. Also, I suggest you call (617/353-2510) or write us in December or January to see who our visitors, if any, might be for the coming academic year. We usually know by then. For all further information, contact Caroline Woods at the number above, or send an e-mail to email@example.com, or write to the Creative Writing Program, 236 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215.