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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Peter Gizzi

Portrait of Peter Gizzi by British artist, Trevor Winkfield.



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UMass
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-2537
f: 413-545-3880
gizzi@hfa.umass.edu   

 

Professor

Peter Gizzi holds degrees from New York University B.A. 1986; Brown University M.F.A. 1991; State University of New York at Buffalo Ph.D. 1997.

Areas of specialty: Modern and Contemporary Poetry; Creative Writing; Literary Editing; Film and Visual Culture; Poetics.

He is the author of In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011 (Wesleyan, 2014); Threshold Songs (Wesleyan, 2011); The Outernationale (Wesleyan, 2007), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan, 2003); Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998); and Periplum (Avec Books, 1992). In 2004 Salt Publishing of England reprinted an expanded edition of his first book as Periplum and other poems 1987-92. He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His work has been translated into numerous languages and anthologized here and abroad.

His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets (1994) and fellowships in poetry from The Fund for Poetry (1993), The Rex Foundation (1993), Howard Foundation (1998), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1999), and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2005). In 2011 he was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University.

He has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Foundation of French Literature at Royaumont, Un Bureau Sur L'Atlantique, the Centre International de Poesie Marseille (cipM), and Tamaas.

His editing projects have included o•blék: a journal of language arts (1987-1993); The Exact Change Yearbook (Exact Change/Carcanet, 1995); The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998); and My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 2008). He served as Poetry Editor for The Nation (2007-2011).

He has been on the faculty at Brown University (1993-94), the University of California, Santa Cruz (1995-2001), the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Program at Naropa (1998, 2007), The University of New Orleans Summer Program in Madrid (2004), Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg (2006), The Writer’s Workshop at The University of Iowa (Fall 2008), and Cambridge University (2011).

For more information: petergizzi.org

Areas of Specialization: African, African American, & African Diaspora Studies, American, Atlantic, & Hemispheric Studies, American Literature, Book History and Textual Studies, Creative Writing, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Poetry and Poetics, 20th Century and Contemporary Literature, Visual Culture