English Department

Visiting Writer

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and April 16, 2014, the Department of English will host a visit to campus by the poet Paul Mariani.  On Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm Dr. Mariani will give a reading of his poetry.  On Wednesday, again at 8:00 pm, he will deliver a lecture titled "A New Knowledge of Reality: Wallace Stevens' Final Phase."  Both events are free and open to the public.  Bothe will take place in Rooms A and B of the Dow Center. 

The oldest of seven children from a working-class background, Paul Mariani was born in New York City in 1940 and grew up there and on Long Island. He earned his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College, a Master's from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York.

Dr. Mariani's poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and quarterlies, including Image, Poetry, America, Doubletake, The Kenyon Review, The Agni Review, New England Review, The Hudson Review, Sundog, Tri-Quarterly, The New Criterion, Tampa Review, Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, Pleiades, Crazy Horse, Boston College Magazine, and The North Dakota Quarterly.

He is the author of seven volumes of poetry: Epitaphs for the Journey (Cascade Books, 2012), Deaths & Transfigurations (Paraclete Press, 2005), The Great Wheel (W. W. Norton, 1996), Salvage Operations: New & Selected Poems (1990), Prime Mover (1985), Crossing Cocytus (1982), and Timing Devices (1979).

He has also published numerous other books, including Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius (Viking, 2002), God and the Imagination: On Poets, Poetry, and the Ineffable (University of Georgia Press, 2002), A Useable Past: Essays, 1973-1983 (1984), and A Commentary on the Complete Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1970). He is, furthermore, the author of five literary biographies: Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life (Viking, 2008), The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane (W. W. Norton, 1999), Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert Lowell (1994), Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman (1990), and William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked (1981), which won the New Jersey Writers Award, was short-listed for an American Book Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the year.

Among his many honors, Dr. Mariani has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2009 he received the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry.  He was Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught from 1968 until 2000, and is currently University Professor of English at Boston College.

For further information, please contact Dr. John Somerville at (517) 607-2431.