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Board of Governors Professor of English (since 2001)

Rutgers-Newark (has taught at Rutgers-Newark since 1981)


In addition to Rutgers I’ve taught courses in the English Department of Columbia University (1992 and 1993); in the Hellenic Studies Department and the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University (1994-6); at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference; the West Chester (PA) Poetry Conference; the 92nd Street Y, New York City;Hudson Valley Writers’ Center; and the Frost Farm Poetry Conference, Derry, NH.


I’ve recently guest lectured at institutions including Bryn Mawr College, Hunter College, Dartmouth College,  Bowling Green State University, and West Point.


B.A. Classics. Radcliffe College 1969

M.A. Poetry, Johns Hopkins, The Writing Seminars, 1977

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 1982




Piece by Piece Paul Dry Books, 2021

Love and Dread  Measure Press 2021

Poems for Camilla Measure Press, 2018

The Iphigenia Plays of Euripides: New Verse Translations Northwestern University 

   Press, 2018

Questions in the Vestibule [poems] Northwestern University Press, 2016

Talking to the Dead [essays] Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2015

The Golden Road [poems] Northwestern University Press, 2012

Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry Paul Dry Press, 2011

The Ache of Appetite [poems], Copper Beech Press, 2010

The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present [anthology coedited with Peter Constantine,

  Edmund Keeley, and Karen Van Dyck] Norton, 2010

Classics [essays] Textos Books,  2007

The River of Forgetfulness [poems], David Robert Books, 2006

Laws [poems] Zoo Press, 2004

Indelible [poems] Wesleyan University Press, 2001

Merrill, Cavafy, Poems, and Dreams [essays] University of Michigan Press, 2001

Halfway Down the Hall [poems] Wesleyan University Press, 1995

The Helen of Euripides [translation] University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997

The Double Legacy [essays] Faber, 1995

The Empty Bed [poems] Wesleyan University Press, 1995

Other Worlds Than This [translations] Rutgers University Press, 1994

The Oedipus of Seneca [translation] Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994

Mirrors of Astonishment[poems] Rutgers University Press, 1992

Unending Dialogue: Voices from an AIDS Poetry Workshop [anthology] Faber, 1991

Living in Time [essays] Rutgers University Press, 1990

Pass It On [poems] Princeton University Press, 1989

A Son from Sleep [poems] Wesleyan University Press 1987

Form, Cycle, Infinity: Landscape Imagery in the Poetry of Robert Frost and George  Seferis [scholarship] Associated University Presses, 1985

Slow Transparency [poems] Wesleyan University Press, 1983

Starting from Troy [poems] David R. Godine, 1975




Ingram Merrill Foundation Grants, 1977-78 and 1994-95

Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, 1988-89

Award in Literature, American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters, 1990

Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, elected 1995

O.B. Hardison Poetry Prize, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2000

Director’s Fellow, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public      Library, 2000-2001


My poems and book reviews have appeared in many periodicals, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Yale Review, Southwest Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Paris Review, the (London) Times Literary Supplement, Raritan Review, The American Scholar, the L.A. Review of Books,  Literary Matters, the Women’s Review of Books, PN Review, and The Conversation.

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