Vita: Ira Sadoff
Dana Professor of Poetry

Department of English, Colby College

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Educational Background

Cornell University, B.S., 1966
University of Oregon, M.F.A. in Creative Writing, 1968

Teaching Experience

1984, 1986
Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of English, Colby College
Core graduate faculty, Drew University MFA program
Graduate Faculty, New England College MFA program
Dana Professor of Poetry, Colby College
Graduate Faculty, Warren Wilson M.F.A. program
Visiting Professor of English, U. of Iowa Writer's Workshop
Visiting Associate Professor of English, University of Virginia
Associate Professor of English, Colby College
Director, Creative Writing Program, Colby College
Faculty, Bread Loaf School of English
Assistant Professor of English, Colby College
Visiting Writer-in-Residence, Hampshire College
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Antioch College
Instructor of English, Hobart & Wm. Smith Colleges
Instructor of English, University of Oregon

Courses Taught

Graduate Poetry Writing, Advanced Poetry Writing, Advanced Fiction Writing, Intermediate Poetry Writing, Intermediate Fiction Writing, Seminar in Postmodern American Poetry, Contemporary American Poetry, Contemporary American Fiction, Modern American Poetry, Modern and Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Twentieth-Century American Literature, Seminar in Postmodern American Poetry, Romantic Poetry, Modern European Poetry in Translation, Seminar in Blake and Whitman, Lyric Poetry, Poetry and Ideology, The Russian Novel, Literature and Psychology, Sites of Conflict in the 20th Century Novel, The American Short Story.



History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of American Culture (U. of Iowa Press, 2009) criticism
Barter (U. of Illinois, 2003) collection of poems
Grazing(U. of Illinois, 1998) collection of poems
An Ira Sadoff Reader(U. of New England/Bread Loaf, 1992) a collection of stories, poems, essays
Emotional Traffic (David Godine, 1990) collection of poems
Uncoupling (Houghton Mifflin, 1982), novel
A Northern Calendar (David Godine, 1982) chapbook of poems
Maine: Nine Poems (Pym-Randall, 1981) chapbook of poems
Palm Reading in Winter (Houghton Mifflin, 1978) collection of poems
Settling Down (Houghton Mifflin, 1975) collection of poems

Poetry in Magazines

more than three hundred poems in The New Yorker, Poetry, Antaeus, American Poetry Review, Boulevard, The Nation, The Hudson Review, The New Republic, Esquire, New American Review, The Paris Review, Partisan Review, New England Review, Southern Review, Sewanee, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Iowa Review Kayak, Epoch, The Ontario Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner,Carolina Quarterly, Northwest Review, Western Humanities Review, Carolina Quarterly, Ohio Review, Denver Quarterly, Antioch Review, Yale Review, The Nation, The Sewanee Review, Missouri Review, Field

Fiction in Magazines

thirty stories in: The Paris Review, Partisan Review, Tri-Quarterly, The American Review, The Iowa Review, Transatlantic, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Seattle Review, North American Review, Ohio Review, Carleton Miscellany, Epoch, The Mississippi Review, New England Review/Bread Load Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Agni Review, Colorado Review, Chelsea.


Wright, Charles, ed. Best Poems of 2008 (Scribner) 2008
Liebmann, ed. Between Heaven And Earth: A Literary Guide To The Poetry Of Birds (Houghton Mifflin Co.) 2007
O’Rourke, ed, “At the Movies,” Notre Dame Review 20 Year anthology (Notre Dame University Press) 2007
Schramm, Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press).2007
The Paris Review, ed. The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators and Waiting Rooms (Paris Review Editions: NY) 2005.
Coghill and Tammaro, ed. Visiting Walt -- poems inspired by Whitman (U. of Iowa, Iowa City, Ia.) 2005
McNair, ed. The Maine Poets (Downeast Books) 2005
Lehman, Great American Prose Poems (Scribner: NY) 2004
Garrison and Hermsen, ed. O Taste And See (Bottom Dog Press: Huron, OH) 2004
Creeley, ed. Best Poems of 2002(Scribner)2002
Weingarten, ed. Poets of the New Century, (David Godine) 2002
Berg, ed. My Business is Circumference (Paul Dry Books) 2001
Berg,Bonnano and Vogelsang, The Body Electric (Norton) 2000
Berg, ed. Influence and Mastery (forthcoming, Paul Drey Books)
Plumly, The New Bread Loaf Anthology Of Contemporary Poetry (Upne) 1999)
Ed. Kempher, The Primer Of The Prose Poem 1999
Thom Living in Storms: Contemporary Poetry and the Moods of Manic-Depression(Purdue Univ. Press) 1999
Raz, ed. The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Jewish-American Writing (U.of Neb.) 1998
Brown, Verse and Universe (Milkweed) 1998
Brown and Bosselar, Night Out (Milkweed) 1998
Pack and Parini, eds, Introspections (UPNE) 1998
Klotz, St. Martin's Introduction to Literature (St. Martin's) 1997
Meyer,The Bedford Introduction to Literature.(Bedford Books), 1996
Henderson, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, 1996
Daniels, Letters to America: American Poets on Race (Wayne State) 1996
Schinder, Lights! Camera! Poetry! (Harcourt Bace) 1996
Goldstein, At the Movies (U. of Michigan) 1996
Truesdale, The Party Train (New Rivers) 1996
Levin, The Poetry of Solitude: a Tribute to Edward Hopper (Rizzoli) 1995
McQuade, etc. The Harper Anthology of American Literature(Harper & Row) 1994
McNair,. The Quotable Moose (UPNE) 1994
Pack and Parini, Poems for a Small Planet (UPNE)1993
Weingarten and Myers, New Poets of the Nineties (Godine) 1991
Plimpton, The Paris Review Anthology (Doubleday)1991
Feinstein, The Jazz Poetry Anthology (U. of Indiana Press) 1991
Paul Ruffin, The New England Poets, (U. Mass. Press), 1988
Pack, Lea & Parini, ed., The Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (U.Press of New England) 1985.
Rich Ives, ed. Time Enough For The World (Owl Creek Press) 1985.
Jason Shindler, ed. Divided Light:Poems of Fathers and Sons (Sheep Meadow) 1984.
William O'Rourke, ed. On The Job:Stories About Work (Random House) 1977.
William Abrams, ed. Prize Stories of 1976:The O. Henry Awards (Doubleday)1977.
Betty Parry, ed. The Unicorn in the Garden (Word Works) 1978.
Bruce Taylor, ed. Eating the Menu:Contemporary Poets (Kendall-Hunt) 1974.
The Borestone Mountain Awards:Best Poems of 1974; Best Poems of 1976.
Daniel Halpern, ed. The American Poetry Anthology (Avon Books) 1975.


"Irredeemable Loss in Three Contemporary Poets" (The Kenyon Review, Summer, 2009)
"History Matters:a Minority Report" American Poetry Review, Nov./Dec.2007
"Czeslaw Milosz and the Late Style," American Poetry Review, March/April 2007
"Olena Kalytik Davis and the Retro-New," American Poetry Review, Nov./Dec. 2006
"Frank O’Hara’s Strategic Fictions," American Poetry Review, July/August 2006
"On the Margins" (part two, the prose poem) American Poetry Review, March/April 2006
"On the Margins," American Poetry Review, Nov./Dec.2005
"Taking Flight: Essay on "Childhood Reading," Betty Greenway, ed. Twice-Told Children's Tales: The Childhood Reading of Writers for Adults (Routledge) 2005
"Trafficking in the Radiant" Spirituality in American Poetry," American Poetry Review, July/August, 2005
"Dreaming Creatures," essay on the poetry of Gerald Stern and C.K. Williams, American Poetry Review, Jan-Feb.2005
"Mixed Messages," The Georgia Review, Summer 2004
"Playful And Stately To The End: the poetry of Kenneth Koch," Daily Forward, Jan,31, 2003
"Louise Gluck and the End of Romanticism," New England Review, Fall, 2001
"Inside/Out: Blurring the Boundaries Between Mimetic and Representational Poetries," The American Poetry Review (April, 2000)
"Modernism and the Myths of Closure," AWP Chronicle, Spring 1996
"Transformation and Surprise: Intensification and Imagination," American Poetry Review, Jan./Feb. 1995
Philip Levine, Under Discussion (U. of Michigan Series) 1991
Hearing Voices: the Fiction of Poetic Voice," New England Review, Fall, 1992
Selecting the Selected: "An Interpretation of a Cultural Moment," The ColoradoReview, Fall, 1992
"Neo-Formalism: A Dangerous Nostalgia," American Poetry Review, Jan-Feb. 1990
"Ben Webster," the Missouri Review, Spring, 1987.
"The Meditative Poem: “The Reemergence of Intelligence in Contemporary American Poetry," American Poetry Review, Nov./Dec. 1980.
"A Chronicle of Recent Poetry," The Antioch Review, Spring, 1977.
"Freedom or Form," The Mississippi Review, Summer, 1977.
"Conrad and Sartre: Lord Jim as Existential Hero," The Dalhousie Review, #49.


Northwest Review, Antioch Review, Seneca Review, American Book Review, Chicago Review. Daily Forward


Poems of Max Jacob and Paul Eluard in Chelsea, Ironwood, Granite, Footprints

Editing Experience

The Seneca Review, co-founder and co-editor, 1968-76.
The Antioch Review, poetry editor, 1974-78.

Awards, Professional Activities

Glenna Luchesi Prize, Prairie Schooner, 2008
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry, 1999-2000
Moderator, “Is Writing Poetry Barbaric After the Holocaust?” National Holocaust Museum,
Washington, D.C. Participants Gerald Stern, Nobel Laureate Czslaw Milosz, and Marge Piercy.
Jerome Shestack Prize, American Poetry Review 1998(Best Poems published in 1997)
George Bogin Memorial Prize, Poetry Society of America 1996
Staff, Indiana University Writer's Conference, Summer, 1991, 1993
Faculty, Bread Loaf School of English, 1984, 1986, 1990
Staff, Aspen Writer's Conference, Summer, 1979, 1980.
Staff Assistant, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 1977, 1978, 1982.
Creative Arts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1979-80
Staff, Stonecoast Writer's Conference, Summer, 1983, 1984.
Alan Collins Fellow in Poetry and Prose, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 1974.
Staff, National Poetry Festival, Allendale, Michigan, Summer, 1974.
Fellow, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, 1973.
Distinctive Story Award, Martha Foley's Best Short Stories of 1974; 1975; 1978;81, 90.
Best 100 Books of 1978, The Philadelphia Enquirer (for Palm Reading in Winter
Best Books of Poetry, 1978, The Washington Post (for Palm Reading in Winter


Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, Academy of American Poets: Donnell Library, The Poetry Center: San Francisco State University, National Public Radio, WGBH-radio--Boston, Ann Arbor Educational TV, Aspen Educational TV, WBAI radio, WYSO radio, Provincetown Fine Arts Center, The Blacksmith House--Cambridge, Mass. Louisville Institute for the Graphic Arts, Textile Museum: Washington, D.C., Antioch College, American University, U. of Arizona, Arizona State University, Boston University, Brandeis University, California Institute of the Arts, Colby College, Cooper Union, Dartmouth College, U. of Delaware, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Iowa, U. of Michigan, U. of Minnesota, U. of New Hampshire, New Hampton School, U. of New Mexico, New School for Social Research, Occidental College, Portland State U., Reed College, Rutgers University, St. Mary's College, Western Michigan University, U. of Virginia., Lynchburg College, Randolph Macon College, Creighton College, Drake University, William & Mary, etc.