Fred Marchant, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Director of The Suffolk University Poetry Center
Department of English

Phone: 617-573-8053
Fax: 617-305-1744


  • 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


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


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.

Courses Taught

WRI-101, 102 Freshman Writing
ENG-213 & ENG-214 American Literature I & II, ENG-215, 216 - British Literature I & II
ENG-364, 365 - Modern and Contemporary American Poetry
ENG-375, 475 - Poetry Workshops I and II
ENG-486 - The Viet Nam War in History, Literature, Film
ENG-H500- Honors Seminar: American Poetry of the Mid-Twentieth Century