Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature, Emeritus
5283 Mayflower Hill Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Areas of Expertise
Postmodern American poetry
Modern American poetry
Contemporary American poetry
Ira Sadoff is the author of seven collections of poetry (most recently 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.
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
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
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.
Thirty fiction 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.
Anthologies: 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.
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.
Essays: 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 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.
Reviews: Northwest Review, Antioch Review, Seneca Review, American Book Review, Chicago Review.
Translations: 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).