Stephen Massimilla

Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter. He holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature, with a focus on poetry, from Columbia University. His new multi-genre volume, Cooking with the Muse (Tupelo, 2016), won the Eric Hoffer Book Award, the National Indie Excellence Award, and others. His previous books include the award-winning poetry collections The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat (SFASU Press Prize), Forty Floors from Yesterday (Bordighera Prize, CUNY), and Later on Aiaia (Grolier Prize), as well as translations of book-length works by Neruda, and a critical study of myth in modern poetry. Massimilla has published recently in hundreds of journals and anthologies such as Agni, American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Provincetown Arts, The Southern Review, Tampa Review, and Verse Daily. He teaches literature and writing at Columbia University and The New School. For more info, visit and

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American Poetry Today

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at 2:30pm

Past Event

The American poet Ezra Pound proclaimed that “Poetry is news that stays news!” On a different note, his contemporary William Carlos Williams said that “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” Do modernist maxims such as… read more »