Ira Sadoff

Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of English
Office: Miller Library 224,
(207) 859-5283
Office Hours: TBA

Department of English
Colby College
Waterville, Maine 04901

Ira's current website is:



History Matters Nineteenth-Century Poetry
Barter Modern American Poetry
Grazing Postmodern American Poetry
Contemporary American Poetry English Composition
Other Works Advanced Poetry Writing
Vita American Short Story
  20th Century Novel

Ira Sadoff is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Barter, and Grazing (U. of Illinois), a novel, O. Henry prize-winning short stories, and The Ira Sadoff Reader (a collection of stories, poems, and essays about contemporary poetry). He is the recipient of a Creative Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and a Fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation. His poems have been widely anthologized, including in the Harper Anthology of American Literature, and The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Great American Prose Poems, and The Best American Poetry 2002 and 2008. His newest critical book, History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of Culture, on the relationship between poetry and culture, was published in 2009 by the University of Iowa Press.

Former poetry editor of The Antioch Review and co-founder of The Seneca Review, he has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the MFA programs at the University of Virginia, Warren Wilson College, and currently teaches at Colby College and the MFA program at Drew University.