Department of English
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6293
charles.bernstein --at--

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Pitch of Poetry (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions (University of Chicago Press, 2011)
My Way: Speeches and Poems (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999)
A Poetics (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992)

Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984 (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1986; rpt Northwestern University Press, 2001)

The Language Letters, (with Ron Silliman and Bruce Andrews). ed. Michael Golston and Matt Hofer (Univeristy of New Mexiso Press, 2019)
A Conversation with David Antin (New York: Granary Books, 2002)



Near/Miss (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018)
Pitch of Poetry (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016)
Recalculating (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013)
All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)
Blind Witness
: Three American Operas (music by  Ben Yarmolinksy) (Queens, NY: Factory School, 2008)
Girly Man (University of Chicago Press, 2006)
Shadowtime (libretto for an opera with music by Brian Ferneyhough) (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2005)
With Strings
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001)
Republics of Reality: 1975-1995 (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 2000)

Dark City (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1994)

Rough Trades (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1991)

The Sophist (Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1987; rpt. Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2004)

Islets/Irritations (New York: Jordan Davies, 1983; rpt. New York: Roof Books, 1992)

Controlling Interests (New York: Roof Books, 1980)
(ebook via Amazon)
Legend, with Bruce Andrews, Steve McCaffery, Ron Silliman, Ray DiPalma (New York: L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E/Segue, 1980)

Poetic Justice (Baltimore: Pod Books, 1979)

Shade (College Park, MD: Sun & Moon Press, 1978)

Parsing (New York: Asylum's Press, 1976)

Asylums (New York: Asylum's Press, 1975)

Shorter collections, collaboarations, and limited editions

Last Words from ‘Sentences My Father Used’ (Calgary: No Press, 2012)
(e-pamphlet) (Molossus World Poertry Portfolio #38, 2011)
(Tucson; Chax Press, 2010)
Three Works
(Unpublishable #28, /Ubu, 2008)
(New Delhi: Aark Arts / Contemporary World Poetry), 2005
Some of These Daze, with Mimi Gross (New York: Granary, 2005)
World on Fire (Nomados, 2004)
Let's Just Say
(Tucson: Chax Press, 2003)
Log Rhythms, with Susan Bee (New York: Granary Books, 1998)

Reading Red, with Richard Tuttle (Köln: Walther Konig, 1998)
Little Orphan Anagram, with Susan Bee (New York: Granary Books, 1997)
The Subject (Buffalo: Meow Press, 1995)
Fool's Gold, with Susan Bee (Tucson: Chax Press, 1991)

The Absent Father in Dumbo (Canary Islands: Zasterle, 1990)

The Nude Formalism (Los Angeles: 20 Pages [Sun & Moon], 1989)

Four Poems (Tucson: Chax Press, 1988)

Veil (Madison, WI: Xexoxial Editions, 1987)

Resistance (Windsor, VT: Awede Press, 1983)

Stigma (Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1981)

The Occurrence of Tune (New York: Segue Books, 1981)

Disfrutes (Boston: Potes and Poets Press, 1981; 2d edn 1999)

Senses of Responsibility (Berkeley: Tuumba Press, 1979; rpt. Providence: Paradigm Press, 1989)


PennSound (with Al Filreis)
Electronic Poetry Center (with founder Loss Pequeño Glazier)
S/N: NewWorldPoetics, with Eduardo Espina (2010- )
American Poetry after 1975 (Duke University Press, 2009) (Special Issue of boundary 2, 36:3)Selected Poems by Louis Zukofsy (New York: Library of America, 2006)
Close Listening: WPS1/PennSound poetry radio (2004-)
Poetry Plastique,
ed. with Jay Sanders, exhibition catalog (New York: Granary Books / Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2001)
99 Poets/1999: A Special Issue of boundary 2 (Vol.26, No.1: Duke University Press, 1999)
Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998)
LINEbreak, poetry interviews, host/co-producer. Twenty-six 30-minute programs, dist. Public Radio Satellite Program and on the Internet at the EPC (1995-96)
Live at the Ear : A CD anthology of Ear Inn readings (Pittsburg: Elemenope Productions, 1994)
"13 North American Poets", with Susan Howe, in TXT #31 (Le Mans, France and Bussels: 1993)
The Politics of Poetic Form: Poetry and Public Policy (NY: Roof, 1990)
Patterns/Contexts/Time: A Forum: 1989, with Phillip Foss in Tyuonyi (Sante Fe, 1990).
"L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Lines" in The Line in Postmodern Poetry, ed. Frank/Sayre (Urbana: University of Illinois, 1988)
"43 Poets (1984)" in Boundary 2 (Binghamton, 1987)
The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, with Bruce Andrews (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1984)
"Language Sampler" in Paris Review, No. 86 (New York: 1982)
L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, with Bruce Andrews (New York: 1978-1981); Vol. 4 copublished as Open Letter 5:1 (Toronto: 1982)
Modern and Contemporary Poetics, Editor, with Hank Lazer, of a book series from the University of Alabama Press (1998 - )
Electronic Poetry Center, Editor, with Loss Pequeno Glazier (1995- )
PennSound, Director , with Al Filries (2003 - )


Breathtails for Anne LeBaron (2009-2011)
Shadowtime -- libretto for an opera with composer Brian Ferneyhough in/aroundWalter Benjamin; commissioned by the Munich Bienalle for May 2004 premiere and subsequent performance at the Fesitval d'Automme in Paris, and the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. CD from NMC (2006)
Blind Witness News -- libretto for an opera with composer Ben Yarmolinsky: American Opera Projects, Blue Door Studios (NY), December 3-4, 1990.
The Subject -- libretto for an opera with Yarmolinsky, excerpts performed at "Friends & Enemies of Music", Greenwich House, NY, Nov. 1991 & Feb. 1992; full reading Feb. 1992
The Lenny Paschen Show -- libretto for an opera with composer Ben Yarmolinsky American Opera Projects, Blue Door Studios (NY), Nov. 1992
Cafe Buffe -- libretto commissioned for composer Dean Drummond and New Band Tour
; first performed in 2010 at Montclair State University.


Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania (2003 - 2019)
(Emeritus as of July 1, 2019)

SUNY Distinguished Professor; David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters, Department of English, State University of New York at Buffalo; Director, Poetics Program; Associate Member, Program in Comparative Literature (1990-2003 )

Bain-Swiggett Visiting Professor of Poetry, Princeton University (Fall 2011)
Visiting Professor, Department of English, Columbia Univeristy (2002)
Visiting Professor, Graduate Writing Program, City College of the City of New York, CUNY (1998)
Butler Professor (Visiting), Department of English, State University of New York at Buffalo (1989)
Lecturer, Creative Writing Program, Princeton University (1989, 1990)
Faculty member/series coordinator, Wolfson Center for National Affairs, New School for Social     Research (1988)
Visiting Professor, Department of English, Queens College of the City University of New York (1988)
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego (1987)


Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2006)
Janus Pannonious Grand Prize for Poetry (2015)
Bollingen Prize for American Poetry: lifetime achivement and Near/Miss

The Beltran Family Award for Innovative Teaching & Mentoring at the Kelly Writers House (2018-19)
Münster Prize for International Poetry (2015)
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania (2009)
SUNY Distinguished Professor (2002)
Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize of the University of California, San Diego; for lifetime contribution to poetry and scholarship (1999)
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1990 and 1995)
University of Auckland Foundation Fellowship (1986)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1985)
National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship (1980)
William Lyon McKenzie King Fellow at Simon Fraser University (1973)
Phi Beta Kappa (of Alpha) (1972)
ASCAP (ASCAP Standard Award; 1993-2004)
Poets and Writers Directory of American Writers


A.B., Harvard College [Philosophy concentration](1968-1972)
Bronx High School of Science (1964-1968)


Date of Birth: April 4, 1950
Married to Susan Bee (Laufer)
Children: Emma (1985-2008) and Felix (b. 1992)