Paul Mariani

Paul Mariani, poet

Paul Mariani is the University Professor of English emeritus at Boston College. He has published over 250 essays, introductions, and reviews, as well as scholarly chapters in anthologies and scholarly encyclopedias, and is the author of 19 books, including biographies of William Carlos Williams (short-listed for the American Book Award) John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Hart Crane, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and –most recently—Wallace Stevens (Simon & Schuster 2016). To date, he has published 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 (Norton, 1990), Prime Mover (Grove Press, 1985), Crossing Cocytus (Grove Press, 1982), and Timing Devices (Godine, 1979). In addition, he is the author of the spiritual memoir, Thirty Days: on Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius. His most recent book, The Mystery of It All: The Vocation of Poetry in the Twilight of Modernism, is forthcoming from Paraclete Press in the Spring of 2019. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and the NEA and NEH. He is the recipient of the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. For fifteen years he taught at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and another fifteen years at the Image Conferences in Colorado, Santa Fe, and Seattle. His life of Hart Crane, The Broken Tower, a feature-length film, directed by and starring James Franco, was released in 2012. He served as Poetry Editor of America Magazine from 2000—2006. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, Image, Presence, The Agni Review, First Things, The New England Review, The Hudson Review, Tri-Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, The New Criterion, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Sewanee Theological Review, Gettysburg Review, Santa Clara Review, Doubletake, Boston College Magazine, and Southern Quarterly, as well as in numerous anthologies. In September he will be awarded the first-ever inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Imagination Conference at Loyola University, Chicago.