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PETER SCHMITT
7800 Camino Real, H-411 Department of English

Miami, FL 33143 University of Miami

305.598.1840 Coral Gables, FL 33124

pschmitt125@earthlink.net pschmitt@miami.edu



EDUCATION
1981-83: MFA (Poetry), University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1976-80: BA, cum laude (English), Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts



TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2005-Present: Senior Lecturer in English, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida




1986-2005: Lecturer in English, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Reader, Graduate/Undergraduate Theses in Poetry

Reviewer, Admissions Applications for Graduate Study in Poetry

Courses taught: Creative Writing

Introduction to Writing Poetry

Intermediate Poetry Workshop (300-level)

Creative Writing: Poetry (400-level)

Freshman Composition

Advanced Composition

Introduction to Literature

American Literature I

American Literature II

English Literature II

Introduction to Poetry

Modern British & American Poetry

Contemporary Literature

1984-86: Adjunct Lecturer in English, Florida International University,

Miami, Florida (Technical Writing)

1982-83: Teaching Assistantship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

(Creative Writing)

1981: Instructor, SAT Verbal Preparation, Kaplan, Inc., Miami, Florida


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RELATED EXPERIENCE

1985-86: Editor, Club Publications, Miami, Florida


1983-85: Assistant Editor, Welding
Journal, American Welding Society,

Miami, Florida

1983-Present: Freelance editing of novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, children’s

literature, instructional manuals, video scripts, scientific/technical journal articles,

sports magazines; freelance journalism contributed to regional publications
1981: Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, Summer School for Foreign Students

(English Literature, and the Teaching of English Literature)




HONORS & AWARDS
2012: The Julia Peterkin Award in Poetry, Converse College
2006: Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Arts Council (Poetry)

(For the completion of Renewing the Vows)

2001: Winner, Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Open Competition (Farmington, CT)

(For “Packing Plant,” selected from 632 entries)


1992: Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Arts Council (Poetry)

(For the completion of Hazard Duty)

1991: The Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award, The Academy of American Poets

Selected by Richard Wilbur, Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Academy Chancellor

1989: Fellowship, Ingram Merrill Foundation

(For the completion of Country Airport)


1988: The “Discovery”/The
Nation Prize for Poetry

Selected by Judges Anthony Hecht, Mary Jo Salter and Nicholas Christopher


1980: Rolfe Humphries Poetry Prize, Amherst College
1979: Corbin Prize in Poetry, Amherst College

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READING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2012 The Julia Peterkin Award in Poetry

Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina
2011: Hub City Books Reading, Spartanburg, South Carolina
2011: Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, South Carolina

“A Visit with the Students”


2011: National Public Radio, “Writers Almanac”: Poem read by Garrison Keillor

(“A Day at the Beach,” February 23)


2011: Write Now! University of Miami Writing Seminar: “The Publishing Poet”
2010: Write Now! University of Miami Writing Seminar: “The Practical Poet”

2008: Brockway Memorial Library, Miami Shores, Florida

2008: University of Miami Reading, Coral Gables, Florida


2007: The Miami International Book Fair Reading, Miami, Florida

2007: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

On Renewing the Vows

2006: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“Stanley Kunitz at 100


2003: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“The Poetry of Robert Friend”


2003: National Public Radio, “Writers Almanac”: Poems read by Garrison Keillor

(“Tin Ear,” April 10, August 25; “For a Sleepless Child,” April 16, August 22;

“Just Married,” April 30)

2002: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“A Bouquet of Florida Poems”
2002: National Public Radio, “Talk of the Nation”
2001: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Farmington, Connecticut

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READING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, cont.
2001: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“A Celebration of ‘New York’ Poetry


2001: “The World’s Largest Writing Workshop”: Guest Speaker

Barnes & Noble, Miami, Florida


2001: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“On Frost’s Home Burial


2000: Guest Speaker, Author’s Tea, Palm Springs North Elementary,

Miami, Florida


2000: Tobacco Road Reading, Miami, Florida
1999: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“On Philip Larkin”


1999: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“Some Contemporary American Poets”

1998: Guest Speaker, South Florida Writers Conference,

National Writers Association, Coral Gables, Florida, “On Revision”

1998: National Poetry Month: Books & Books, Miami Beach, Florida

“On the Poetry of Stanley Kunitz”


1998: Tobacco Road Reading, Miami, Florida
1997: Guest Speaker, Ninth Annual Conference of the Society for Ecological

Restoration, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, “On the Place of ‘Place’ in My Work”

1997: Guest Speaker, South Florida Writers Conference,

National Writers Association, Coral Gables, Florida


1997: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“Cross-Gender Monologues: Dickinson, Pound, Hecht, et al.”


1997: “Now Taste This,” Poetry/Cuisine Project for National Poetry Month,

Miami, Florida


1996: National Poetry Month: Borders Books Reading/Panel, Miami, Florida
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READING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, cont.
1995: The Miami International Book Fair Reading, Miami, Florida
1995: Tobacco Road Reading, Miami, Florida
1995: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“On Donald Justice’s Miami Poems”


1994: Interview for German Radio: Dusseldorf WDR
1994: Tobacco Road Reading, Miami, Florida
1994: Guest Speaker, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida
1994: Tobacco Road Reading, Miami, Florida
1993: The Boas Poetry Group Reading, Miami, Florida

1993: Borders Books Reading, Miami, Florida

1993: University of Miami Reading, Coral Gables, Florida

1992: “Write in Our Midst”: Reading, Miami International Book Fair Preliminaries


1992: National Writers Club, Miami, Florida

“On University and Small Press Publishing”


1992: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“On Elizabeth Bishop’s Florida Poems”


1991: Miami International Book Fair Reading, Miami, Florida
1990: Books & Books Reading, Coral Gables, Florida
1990: North Miami Senior High School, North Miami, Florida

“A Poet in the Community”


1990: North Beach Elementary, Miami Beach, Florida

“On Being a Writer Who Teaches and a Teacher Who Writes”


1990: The Boas Poetry Group, Miami, Florida

“On Frost’s Death of the Hired Man


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READING & SPEAKING ENGAGMENTS, cont.
1988: The Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, New York, New York

The “Discovery”/The Nation Prize Reading


1988: The Strand Reading, Miami International Book Fair Preliminaries,

Miami Beach, Florida


1987: University of Miami Reading, Coral Gables, Florida

ADVISORY WORK
2010, 2008: Judge/Panelist, State of Florida, Florida Arts Council

Florida Individual Artist Fellowships: Literature

2003-04, 1993-94, Judge, Associated Writing Programs Intro Awards

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

2002, 1995-2000: Judge, Alfred Boas Poetry Prize of The Academy of American Poets;

The UM Poetry Prize (undergraduate), University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida


1996: Judge, Poetry/Prose Competition, Mountain Laurels magazine,

North Georgia College, Dahlonega, Georgia


1995: Editorial Advisory Board, Anthology of American Literature (Prentice Hall)

1993-94: Editorial Advisory Board, To Make a Poem (Collegiate Press)


1993-94: Faculty Advisor, Mangrove magazine

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida


1992: Judge, Simon Daro Dawidowicz “Americas” Poetry Competition
1991-92: Faculty Advisory, Epiphany magazine

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida




PUBLICATIONS
BOOKS
Renewing the Vows. Poems. 2007. Cincinnati, OH: David Robert Books.
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BOOKS, cont.
Hazard Duty. Poems. 1995. Providence, RI: Copper Beech Press. Brown University.
Country Airport. Poems. 1989. Providence, RI: Copper Beech Press. Brown University.

CHAPBOOKS
Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices. 2009. Columbus, OH: Pudding

House Publications.


To Disappear. 2006. Columbus, OH: Pudding House Publications.

ANTHOLOGIES & TEXTBOOKS

Changing Harm to Harmony: Bullies and Bystanders Project. Marin Poetry Center.

2014. Joseph Zaccardi, ed. (“Fat Kid,” “The Ropes.”)

Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press. 2012.

Brad Davis, ed. (“Packing Plant.”)


The Poets Guide to the Birds. Tallahassee: Anhinga Press. 2009.

Judith Kitchen and Ted Kooser, eds. (“Field Guide.”)


Across the Thresholds, Into the Questions. New York: Morehouse. 2008.

Caren Goldman and Ted Voorhees, eds. (“Tin Ear.”)


The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review. New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2008.

Danielle Ofri, et al., eds. (“Thanksgiving: Visiting My Brother on the Ward.”)


Bedford Introduction to Literature (Full & Compact 8th eds.). Boston: Bedford, 2008.

Michael Meyer, ed. (“Friends with Numbers.”)


Poetry: An Introduction, 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006.

Michael Meyer, ed. (“Friends with Numbers.”)


Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost.

Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2005. Sheila Coghill and Thom Tammaro, eds.

(“Frost in Miami.”)
Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems About Marriage.

West Hartford: Grayson Books, 2003. Ginny Lowe Connors, ed. (“Just Married”)



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ANTHOLOGIES & TEXTBOOKS, cont.

Literature and Its Writers: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama.

Boston: Bedford Books, 1997. Ann and Samuel Charters, eds.

(“Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Randall Jarrell’s Next Day”)

Having a Wonderful Time: An Anthology of South Florida Writers.

Needham Heights: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

C. Chinelly, J. Dufresne, M. Hettich, eds. (“After the Hurricane”)
Sixty Years of American Poetry. New York: The Academy of American Poets

and Harry N. Abrams, 1996. (“Homecoming”)


Florida in Poetry. Sarasota: Pineapple Press, 1995.

Jane Anderson Jones and Maurice O’ Sullivan, eds. (“Frost in Miami”)


Isle of Flowers: Poems by Recipients of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award.

Tallahassee: Anhinga Press, 1995. D. J. Long, H. P. Wallace, R. Campbell, eds.

(“A Day at the Beach,” “Glance,” “Homecoming,” “Tin Ear,” “Under Desks”)
Write in Our Midst. Miami: Miami-Dade Community College, 1993.

M. Hettich, ed. (“Elegy for Christopher Bright”)


A New Geography of Poets. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1992.

Edward Field, Gerald Locklin, Charles Stetler, eds. (“Glance”)



POEMS (an abridged list)
“My Father on the Tennis Court.” Amoskeag. 30:1 (Spring 2013): 47-49.
“Spring Break.” The Antioch Review. 54:1 (Winter 1996): 94.
“Asking For It.” Art & Understanding. 10:7 (July 2001): 29.
“Emily Dickinson and the Boston Red Sox.” Baseballbard.com. Summer 2012.
“Thanksgiving: Visiting My Brother on the Ward.” Bellevue Literary Review.

6:2 (Fall 2006): 90-91.


“Adolescence.” Boulevard. 2:3 (Autumn 1987): 96-97.

“Fundamentalist Funeral.” Boulevard. 2:3 (Autumn 1987): 95-96.

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POEMS, cont.
“Packing Plant.” Center. 3 (2004): 17-18.
“The Little Blue Purse.” The Common. Forthcoming.
“Incident in an Apartment Complex.” (a 7-poem sequence). Confrontation 80/81

(Fall 2002/Winter 2003): 356-365.


“The Ropes.” Crab Orchard Review. 11:2 (Summer /Fall 2006): 179.
“Cat in a Hurricane.” Dogwood. 7 (Spring 2007): 14.
“St. Anthony and My Father’s Glasses.” Dogwood. 4 (Spring 2004): 29-30.
“Swimming Naked with the Quakers.” Dogwood. 7 (Spring 2007): 15-16.
“To Disappear.” (a 7-poem sequence). The Drunken Boat. 4:1-2 (Spring/Summer 2003).
“Neighborhood Friends.” The Fabulist. 1:3 (2014): 34-35.
“Belated Elegy.” The Hopkins Review. 1:4 (Fall 2008): 638.
“The Condom in My Wallet.” The Hopkins Review. 1:4 (Fall 2008): 639-640.
“Teachers.” The Hopkins Review. 5:4 (Fall 2012): 449-451.
“Carib.” The Hudson Review. 50:4 (Winter 1998): 610.
“Field Guide.” The Hudson Review. 56:2 (Summer 2003): 330.

“First Time.” The Hudson Review. 56:2 (Summer 2003): 328-329.

“Missionaries in Oman: Collecting Shells.” The Hudson Review. 50:4 (Winter 1998):

610.

“The Namesake.” The Hudson Review. 50:4 (Winter 1998): 608.

“Sleeping Through the Fire.” The Hudson Review. 50:4 (Winter 1998): 607.


“Trial.” The Hudson Review. 50:4 (Winter 1998): 609.
“Warts and All.” The Hudson Review. 66:4 (Winter 2014): 671-672.

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POEMS, cont.
“Winter Memory, Miami.” The Hudson Review. 56:2 (Summer 2003): 329.
“On Switching, After 25 Years, from Hard to Soft Contact Lenses.”

The Hurricane Review. 1:1 (2003): 76.
“Prophecy.” The Hurricane Review. 1:1 (2003): 77.
“Blisters” (in “Camp Stories”). The Indiana Review. 27:2 (Winter 2005): 122-123.
“Academic Discourse in Western Massachusetts.” J Journal. 4:1 (Spring 2011): 98-100.
“The Bench.” The Kenyon Review. 22:1 (Winter 2000): 100-101.
“Class Photo: Bisbee, Arizona, 1890.” Magnolia. (Online.) No. 2: Spring 2009.
“Dead Rick.” Magnolia. (Online.) No. 3: Summer 2010.
“Fat Kid.” Magnolia. (Online.) No. 3: Summer 2010.
“The Gift.” Magnolia. (Online.) No. 3: Summer 2010.
“Lonely Hearts.” Magnolia. (Online.) No. 3: Summer 2010.

“The Priests of My Adolescence.” Magnolia. (Online.) No. 2: Spring 2009.

“Runaway.” Magnolia. (Online.) No. 2: Spring 2009.
“Sleeping with Death.” Magnolia. (Online.) No. 3: Summer 2010.
“A Day at the Beach.” The Massachusetts Review. 32:3 (Autumn 1991): 442.
“Conversation in Camden County.” The Massachusetts Review. 32:3 (Autumn 1991):

443-444.
“History.” Miramar. Forthcoming 2016,


“Missionary.” Miramar. 3 (2015): 105-106.
“Grave-Rubbing in a New England Cemetery.” The Nation. 246:17 (April 30, 1988):

610.


“Homecoming.” The Nation. 248:24 (June 19, 1989): 861.

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POEMS, cont.
“Jonathan Edwards and the Quaking Bog.” The Nation. 246:19 (May 14, 1988): 692.
“Under Desks.” The Nation. 255:5 (August 17/24, 1992): 188.
“Renewing the Vows.” The New Criterion. 15:5 (January 1997): 34
“Pharmaceutical Couplets.” Obliterants. 2:4 (Winter 2013): 50.
“Friends with Numbers.” The Paris Review. 33:121 (Winter 1991): 206-207.
“First Art Lessons.” Passages North. 9:1 (Winter 1988): 18.
“Shoeshine.” Ploughshares. 19:1 (Spring 1993): 102-103.
“Breakfast of Runnersup.” Poetry. 162:4 (July 1993): 216-217.

“Tin Ear.” Poetry. 153:6 (March 1989): 341-342.

“Two Suitors Dueling for Emily Dickinson.” Poetry Kanto (Japan). 17

(September 2001): 12.

“A Whaleman to His Wife.” The Quarterly. 2 (Summer 1987): 134-135.
“Country Airport.” The Quarterly. 2 (Summer 1987): 129-130.
“The Deer.” The Quarterly. 2 (Summer 1987): 127-128.

“Ho-Ho.” The Quarterly. 7 (Autumn 1988): 165.


“Once by the Lake.” The Quarterly. 2 (Summer 1987): 131.
“String Quartet, Brooklyn, 1909.” The Quarterly. 2 (Summer 1987): 133.
“Waiting for a Letter.” The Quarterly. 2 (Summer 1987): 132.
“Good Egg.” Salamander. 37 (Fall/Winter 2013-14): 116-117.
“Lovers Lane.” The Seattle Review. 22:1 (Winter 2000): 110.
“Confederate Soldier, Kennesaw Mountain, July 1864.” Shenandoah. 53:3

(Fall 2003): 28.


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POEMS, cont.
“Arlington, 1964.” The Southern Review. 31:2 (Spring 1995): 298.
“At a 13th Birthday Party.” The Southern Review. 28:3 (Summer 1992): 603-604.
“Class Clown.” The Southern Review. 25:4 (Autumn 1989): 909-910.
“Drive-By.” The Southern Review. 31:2 (Spring 1995): 299-301.

“Elegy for Christopher Bright.” The Southern Review. 28:3 (Summer 1992): 598-601.

“First Summer Away.” The Southern Review. 31:2 (Spring 1995): 298-299.
“Glance.” The Southern Review. 25:4 (Autumn 1989): 908.
“Harbinger.” The Southern Review. 25:4 (Autumn 1989): 914-915.
“Just Married.” The Southern Review. 25:4 (Autumn 1989): 912-913.
“Letter to a Homesick Niece.” The Southern Review. 25:4 (Autumn 1989): 913-914.
“The Lighthouse and the Turtles.” The Southern Review. 40:2 (Spring 2004): 272-273.
“Modern Transit.” The Southern Review. 34:2 (Spring 1998): 271-273.
“My Classmate, Elvis Presley.” The Southern Review. 28:3 (Summer 1992): 602-603.
“Nature Hike.” The Southern Review. 25:4 (Autumn 1989): 910-912.
“One Night.” The Southern Review. 38:1 (Winter 2002): 72-73.
“The Parking Lots of Summer.” The Southern Review. 28:3 (Summer 1992): 601-602.
“Thanksgiving Story.” The Southern Review. 31:2 (Spring 1995): 301-304.
“The Wallet.” The Southern Review. 34:2 (Spring 1998): 269-270.
“Lower Ninth Ward.” Spillway. 21 (Winter 2013): 75.
“My Father’s Arsenal.” The Spoon River Poetry Review. 35:1 (Winter/Spring 2010):

39.


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POEMS, cont.

“The Ride Home.” The Spoon River Poetry Review. 35:1 (Winter/Spring 2010): 36-38.

“Exiles.” Tigertail. 2 (2004): 46.
“The Hands.” Tigertail. 10 (2013): 10
“The Perfect Child.” Tigertail. 2 (2004): 47.
“Questions for Robert Hershey.” Upstreet. 2 (2006): 112.

ESSAYS & REVIEWS
“I Call on Mme. Bianchi.” Introduction and Notes to an article by Benjamin B. Hickok.

Emily Dickinson Journal. 21:2 (2012): 95-105.
Review of The End of a Good Party, stories by Jean Ross Justice.

Southern Literary Review (online). September 2010.
Review of Holding Everything Down by William Notter.

Solares Hill. (January 24, 2010): 8.
Essay: “Sleeping Through the Fire”

Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions. Oak Park: Marion Street Press.


  1. Robert Hartwell Fiske and Laura Cherry, eds.

Review of The Poetry Life: Ten Stories by Baron Wormser.

The Miami Herald. (July 27, 2008): 6M.

Review of The Jew of Home Depot and Other Stories by Max Apple.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. (April 13, 2008): 18.
Review of Circumstances Beyond Our Control by Robert Phillips.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. (July 2, 2006): 21.


Review of Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box by Elizabeth Bishop.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. (March 12, 2006): 18.

Essay: “A Clear and Bottomless Well: The Poetry of Andrew Glaze”


Light. 48 (Spring 2005): 55-58.

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ESSAYS & REVIEWS, cont.
Review of Pax Atomica by Campbell McGrath.

The Miami Herald. (December 12, 2004): 6-M.


Review of Poems 4 a.m. by Susan Minot.

The Miami Herald. (June 9, 2002): 3-L.


Review of Night with Drive-By Shooting Stars by Jim Daniels.

The Miami Herald. (June 9, 2002): 3-L.


Review of Familiar Spirits by Alison Lurie.

The Miami Herald. (February 25, 2001): 5-M.


Interview with Andrew Glaze.

Birmingham Poetry Review. 23 (Fall/Winter 2000): 32-37.
Review of Blood, Tin, Straw by Sharon Olds.

The Miami Herald. (November 14, 1999): 15-M.


Review of The Burning of Los Angeles by Samuel Maio.

Italian Americana. 16:2 (Summer 1998): 220-221.
Review of Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes.

The Miami Herald. (February 8, 1998): 5-L.


Essay: “Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Randall Jarrell’s Next Day,” essay in Touchstones.

Hanover: Middlebury College Press/University Press of New England, 1996.

Robert Pack and Jay Parini, eds. (pp. 231-235).

Review of So Forth by Joseph Brodsky.

The Miami Herald. (October 20, 1996): 5-L.

Review of Dark Fields of the Republic by Adrienne Rich.

The Miami Herald. (December 24, 1995): 3-I.

Review of Morning in the Burned House by Margaret Atwood.

The Miami Herald. (December 24, 1995): 3-I.


Review of Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected by Stanley Kunitz.

The Miami Herald. (December 24, 1995): 3-I


Review of Frost in Florida: A Memoir by Helen Muir.

The Miami Herald. (September 17, 1995): 3-I.



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ESSAYS & REVIEWS, cont.
Review of A Scattering of Salts by James Merrill.

The Miami Herald. (March 26, 1995): 3-I.


Review of Tall Birds Stalking by Michael Van Walleghen.

The Miami Herald. (December 18, 1994): 3-I.


Review of A Different Person: A Memoir by James Merrill.

The Georgia Review. 48:2 (Summer 1994): 407-409.
Review of Landscape at the End of the Century by Stephen Dunn.

The Miami Herald. (July 23, 1991): 3-C.



REFERENCES
John Balaban

Professor, Department of English

North Carolina State University

Campus Box 8105

Raleigh, NC 27695-8105

919.515.1836



www.johnbalaban.com
Jeffrey Harrison

77 Haven Street

Dover, MA 02030

508.785.1923



jeffrey.harrison@comcast.net

John Paul Russo

Professor, Department of English

University of Miami

P.O. Box 248145



Coral Gables, FL 33124

jprusso@umiami.edu


Updated February 2015


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