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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.

Published Works

  • The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002, Houghton Mifflin, 1978
  • Voices & Visions Viewers Guide, American Library Association, 1987
  • Marianne Moore: The Art of a Modernist, UMI Research Press, 1989
  • Poets in Person: Listener's Guide, Poetry Press, 1997
  • Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters, W. W. Norton & Company, 2002
  • The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002, Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2002
  • Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters, 1962-2002, Ivan R. Dee, 2006
  • 100 Essential Modern Poems, Ivan R. Dee, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Poetry anthology :
ISBN: 0395265479. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1978.

Voices & visions viewer's guide /
ISBN: 0838972004. OCLC Number:

American Library Association and the Annenberg/CPB Project,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©1987.

This guides details notes and biographical details for 13 renowned American poets.

Marianne Moore :
ISBN: 0835720314. OCLC Number:

UMI Research Press,. Ann Arbor, Mich. :. ©1990.

Poets in person :
ISBN: 1881505081. OCLC Number:

Poetry Press,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. ©1997.

Dear editor :
ISBN: 0393050920. OCLC Number:

Norton,. New York :. ©2002.

Collects more than six hundred letters to and from the editors of "Poetry" that were written about and by such figures as Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Wallace Stevens.

The Poetry anthology, 1912-2002 :
ISBN: 1566634687. OCLC Number:

Ivan R. Dee,. Chicago :. 2002.

For 90 years "Poetry" has been America's most distinguished magazine of verse. This 90th anniversary anthology may be the most bountiful collection of American poems ever published. It offers a record of poetic achievement as well as some of the vagaries, fads, fashions, and failures of the last 90 years.

Between the lines :
ISBN: 1566636566. OCLC Number:

Ivan R. Dee, Publisher,. Chicago :. 2006.

"Virtually all of the nearly five hundred letters in Between the Lines have never been printed before. Mr. Parisi's introductions and commentaries set the stage for the lively drama of contemporary poetry in the making, and unfold the improbable tale of how perennially impoverished Poetry survived to make literary - and financial - history." "More than eighty illustrations - candid author photographs, drawings, and newspaper clippings - enliven this unusually rich cultural history."--Jacket.

100 essential modern poems by women /
ISBN: 1566637414. OCLC Number:

Ivan R. Dee,. Chicago :. ©2008.

From the Publisher: Like the widely praised 100 Essential Modern Poems, this lively, up-to-date guide to modern poetry is filled with wisdom and insights that will delight, engage, and inspire readers of all ages and interests. This bountiful collection presents memorable poems written in the English language over the past 150 years-masterworks and new classics by great authors from Emily Dickinson to Rita Dove, Marianne Moore and Edna St. Vincent Millay to Maxine Kumin and Mary Oliver, Sylvia Plath and Linda Pastan to Kay Ryan and Marge Piercy-that offer compelling perspectives on timeless topics of love, marriage, family, friendship, nature, faith and hope, courage and endurance, and life as lived intensely and to the full. Brief biographies introduce each poet and her work.


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