Donald T. Regan Professor, Emeritus, of English and Comparative Literature
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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)

with Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Ray DiPalma, Steve McCaffery, and Ron Silliman (L=A=N=G=U=A-G=E / Segue, 1980
New edition, with new 5-way collaboration, ed. Matt Hofer and Michael Golston (University of New Mexico Press, 2020)


PennSound (with Al Filreis)
Electronic Poetry Center (with founder Loss Pequeño Glazier)


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.

Blind Witness: Three American Operas (Queens, NY: Factory School, 2008)
Shadowtime (Los Angeles, Green Integer, 2005)


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)


Bollingen Prize for American Poetry (2019): lifetime achievement and Near/Miss (PennToday, WHYY, Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times)
Janus Pannonious Grand Prize for Poetry (2015)
The Beltran Family Award for Innovative Teaching & Mentoring at the Kelly Writers House (University of Pennsylvania) (2018-19)

Münster Prize for International Poetry (2015)
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania (2009)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2006)
Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching, University of Pennsylvania (2005)
State University of New York 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 (1995 and 1990)
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)
ASCAPLUS Award (concert division): awarded annually each year from 1993 to 2020

Finalist, Lenore Marshall / Nation prize best book of the year, Republics of Reality (Academy of American Poetry, 2000)
Finalist, Foreword Reviews 2001 poetry Book of the Year, With Strings

Phi Beta Kappa (of Alpha) (1972)


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)