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General Information

Name:  Joseph Parisi  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: Duluth, MN

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Illinois Connection

Joseph Parisi lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joseph Parisi was the editor of Poetry Magazine from 1984-2002.

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Titles At Your Library

The Poetry Anthology, 1912-1977: Sixty-Five Years of America's Most Distinguished Verse Magazine
ISBN: 0395265479

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1978

Important work by nearly every modern poet of stature, from Pound, Eliot, and Stevens to Plath, Ashbery, and Wright, provides a summary of twentieth-century poetry in English

Voices & Visions Viewer's Guide
ISBN: 0838972004

Washington, DC: The American Library Association / The Annenberg/CPB Project. 1987

readigs by poets featured in voices and visions radio program.

Marianne Moore: The Art of a Modernist (Studies in Modern Literature)
ISBN: 0835720314

Umi Research Pr. 1990

Moore poet, critic, and prolific translator from the French is often considered an inventor of forms, a literary modernist who affected writers as diverse as Ezra Pound and W.H. Auden. These essays explore the many facets of Moore's career and are accompanied by a foreword by Maxine Kumin and highlights from the panel discussion from Poetry magazine's centenary celebration conference on Moore. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Poets in Person: A Listener's Guide
ISBN: 1881505081

Modern Poetry Assoc. 1997

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Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters
ISBN: 0393050920

W. W. Norton & Company. 2002

Poignant, hilarious, and brutally frank, Dear Editor reveals the personalities and untold stories behind the creation of modern poetry.

"The history of poetry and Poetry in America are almost interchangeable, certainly inseparable," A. R. Ammons wrote. Dear Editor, in gathering over 600 surprisingly candid letters to and from the editors of Poetry, traces the development of poetry in America: Ezra Pound's opinion of T. S. Eliot ("It is such a comfort to meet a man and not have to tell him to wash his face, wipe his feet") and of Robert Frost ("dull as ditch water...[but] set to be 'literchure' someday") Edna St. Vincent Millay's pleas for an advance ("I am become very, very thin, and have taken to smoking Virginia tobacco") Wallace Stevens on himself ("I have a pretty well-developed mean streak"). Here are the inside stories, the rivalries between aspiring authors, the inspirations behind classics, the practicalities (and politicking) of publishing. In fascinating anecdotes and literary gossip, scores of poets offer insights into the creative process and their reactions to historic events.

The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002: Ninety Years of America's Most Distinguished Verse Magazine
ISBN: 1566634687

Ivan R. Dee. 2002

“The history of poetry and of Poetry in America are almost interchangeable, certainly inseparable,” wrote A. R. Ammons. Founded by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry magazine established its reputation immediately by printing T. S. Eliot's “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” Carl Sandburg's “Chicago Poems,” Wallace Stevens's “Sunday Morning,” and the first important poems of Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, and many other then unknown, now classic authors. Publishing monthly without interruption, Poetry has become America's most distinguished magazine of verse, presenting, often for the very first time, virtually every notable poet of the last nine decades―an unprecedented record. Decade by decade, this bountiful ninetieth-anniversary anthology from Poetry includes the poems of the major talents―along with several lesser known―in all their variety: William Butler Yeats, Edgar Lee Masters, Sara Teasdale, D. H. Lawrence, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Vachel Lindsay, Robert Graves, May Sarton, Langston Hughes, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Hart Crane, Robert Penn Warren, Dylan Thomas, e. e. cummings, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Merrill, John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Randall Jarrell, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Robinson Jeffers, Theodore Roethke, Karl Shapiro, Anne Sexton, Thom Gunn, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Maxine Kumin, Ted Hughes, Adrienne Rich, and Galway Kinnell. In recent decades, Poetry has presented Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Kay Ryan, Eavan Boland, Stephen Dunn, Mary Oliver, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jane Kenyon, James Tate, Sharon Olds, Louise Glück, Marilyn Hacker, and many, many others. T. S. Eliot called Poetry “an American institution.” The Poetry Anthology is sure to be an American keepsake.

Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters, 1962-2002
ISBN: 1566636566

Ivan R. Dee. 2006

Book by Joseph Parisi, Stephen Young

100 Essential Modern Poems by Women
ISBN: 1566637414

Ivan R. Dee. 2008

Presents the masterpieces of fifty great women poets in the English language over the past 150 years. Like the widely praised 100 Essential Modern Poems, this accessible volume is filled with wisdom and insights to delight. Includes ideas about courage and endurance, life and death, faith and hope, and the continuing search for meaning, as well as the favorite subjects of love, marriage, family dynamics, and nature. Selected by Joseph Parisi, former longtime editor of Poetry magazine, with Kathleen Welton, the collection features such acclaimed poets as Emily Dickinson, Lucille Clifton, Maxine Kumin, Audre Lorde, Marianne Moore, Mary Oliver, Linda Pastan, Sylvia Plath, Kay Ryan, and May Swenson. Also includes many fine but forgotten poets and several contemporary poets who will surprise, stimulate, and amuse readers.


Recently spoke before the Circolo Britannico in Venice, Italy.

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