Fred Marchant, PhD

Professor Emeritus, English

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  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • Poetics
  • The Lyric Genre
  • Twentieth Century Literature
  • The Vietnam War
  • Contemporary Vietnamese Literature
  • Contemporary Irish Poetry
  • The Pedagogy of Creative Writing


  • The Looking House. Minneapolis, MN: Gray Wolf Press, 2009.
  • Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947. Minneapolis, MN: Gray Wolf Press, 2008.
  • Full Moon Boat. Minneapolis, MN: Gray Wolf Press, 2000.
  • House on Water, House in Air. Dublin: Dedalus Press, 2002.
  • From a Corner of My Yard (poems in translation) by Tran Dang Khoa, co-translated with Nguyen Ba Chung
  • Tipping Point, Washington, D.C.: The Word Works, 1993. (Winner of the 1993 Washington Prize)
  • Essays and poetry in journals, ranging from AGNI and Ploughshares to New American Writing and Irish Pages.

Scholarly and Artistic Activities

  • Director, The Suffolk University Poetry Center
  • Teaching Associate, The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass-Boston
  • Annual Guest Teacher, The Veterans Writing Group, organized by Maxine Hong Kingston, Sesbastopol, CA
  • Workshop Teacher, The Colrain Poetry Workshops
  • Teaching Fellow, The Frost Place.

Awards & Honors

  • 1993 - The Washington Prize for Poetry
  • 2009 - Barnes & Noble Review Five Best Books of Poetry
  • 2009 - San Francisco Chronicle Ten Best Poetry Collections of the Year
  • 2009 - Mary Sarton Award for a Poet "whose work is an inspiration to other poets."
  • 2010 - Commemoration Medal for the Advancement of the Arts and Literature in Vietnam