Saturday, October 07, 2006

Peter Balakian

Peter Balakian is the author of five books of poems, most recently June-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000 (Harper Collins, 2001). His other books include Father Fisheye (1979), Sad Days of Light (1983), Reply From Wilderness Island (1988), Dyer's Thistle (1996), and several fine limited editions. His work has appeared widely in American magazines and journals such as The Nation, Antaeus, Partisan Review, Poetry, and The Kenyon Review; and in numerous anthologies.

Selected Publications: The Burning Tigris; The Armenian Genocide and America's Response (HarperCollins, 2003), June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000 (HarperCollins, 2001), Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir (Basic Books, 1997), Dyer's Thistle (poems, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Press, 1996), Bloody News From My Friend by Siamanto (translation, Wayne State Univ. Press, 1996), Theodore Roethke's Far Fields (Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1989), Reply From Wilderness Island (poems, 1988), Sad Days of Light (poems, 1983), Father Fisheye (poems, 1979); chapter in America and the Armenian Genocide of 1915, ed. Jay Winter (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004); editor, Ambassador Morgenthau's Story (Wayne State Univ. Press, 2003); poetry and essays in The Nation, Art in America, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Partisan Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, etc.

Distinctions: National Endowment for the Arts fellowship 2004-05; Guggenheim fellowship 1999-2000; PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for Memoir, 1998; New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Prize, 1998; Anahit Literary Prize, Columbia University, 1990; Daniel Varoujan Prize, New England Poetry Club 1987; Academy of American Poets Prize 1975; New York Times and Publishers Weekly notable books of 2003 (The Burning Tigris); New York Times and Los Angeles Times notable books of 1997 (Black Dog of Fate); NEA editing grants, Graham House Review

Peter Balakian teaches at Colgate University and serves on the editorial board of Ararat Quarterly.

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