Ira Sadoff

Faculty Member (Retired)

Box 5283

Phone: 207-859-5283
Fax: 207-859-5252
Mailing Address:
5283 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Sadoff, Ira

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern American poetry
  • Contemporary American poetry
  • Postmodern American poetry

Professional Information

Ira Sadoff is the author of seven collections of poetry (most recently ) 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. He has recently published critical articles about postmodern American poetry and is interested in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Poetry.

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(U. of Illinois, 1998) collection of poems

An Ira Sadoff Reader
(U. of
New England/Bread Loaf, 1992) a collection of stories, poems, essays


(David Godine, 1990) collection of poems

Uncoupling (Houghton Mifflin,
1982), novel

Northern Calendar

(David Godine, 1982) chapbook of poems

Nine Poems

(Pym-Randall, 1981) chapbook of poems

Reading in Winter

(Houghton Mifflin, 1978) collection of poems


(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 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, Shenandoah, 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.


Tammaro, ed. American Poetic Theory: From The Puritans To The Present (U.Iowa Press,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

Collier & Plumly, The New Bread Loaf Anthology Of Contemporary Poetry (UPNE) 1999)

Kempher, ed. The Primer of The Prose Poem 1999

Raz, ed. The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Jewish-American Writing (U. 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

Shinder, 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

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.

Ives, ed. Time Enough For The World (Owl Creek Press) 1985.

Shinder, ed. Divided Light: Poems of Fathers and Sons (Sheep Meadow) 1984.

O'Rourke, ed. On The Job: Stories About Work (Random House) 1977.

Abrams, ed. Prize Stories of 1976: The O. Henry Awards (Doubleday)1977.

Parry, ed. The Unicorn in the Garden (Word Works) 1978.

Taylor, ed. Eating the Menu: Contemporary Poets (Kendall-Hunt 1974.

The Borestone Mountain Awards: Best Poems of 1974; Best Poems of 1976.

Halpern, ed. The American Poetry Anthology (Avon Books) 1975.


�History Matters:a Minority Report� American Poetry Review, Nov./Dec.2007

�Czelaw 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.


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

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).


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