William Logan

Alumni Professor and Distinguished Teaching Scholar

William LoganWilliam Logan is the author of ten books of poems: Sad-faced Men (1982), Difficulty (1985), Sullen Weedy Lakes (1988), Vain Empires (1998), Night Battle (1999), Macbeth in Venice (2003), The Whispering Gallery (2005), Strange Flesh (2008), Deception Island (2011), Madame X (2012), and the forthcoming Rift of Light (2017). He is the author of six books of criticism, All the Rage (1998), Reputations of the Tongue (1999), Desperate Measures (2002), The Undiscovered Country (2005), Our Savage Art (2009), and Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure (2014); and co-editor of a book on the poetry of Donald Justice, Certain Solitudes (1997). He edited and introduced John Townsend Trowbridge’s long poem Guy Vernon (2012), the first time the poem has appeared in print in 125 years. Reputations of the Tongue was a finalist for and The Undiscovered Country the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. The Undiscovered Country was also named the best book of criticism of 2005 by the Contemporary Poetry Review.

Logan is a regular critic of poetry for the New York Times Book Review and writes a biannual verse chronicle for the New Criterion. He has won the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle, the Peter I.B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the John Masefield and Celia B. Wagner Awards from the Poetry Society of America, and the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry. In 2004 he received the Corrington Award for Literary Excellence and in 2005 the inaugural Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism. He has also won the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and received grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Florida Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he received the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry from the Sewanee Review.

Logan graduated from Yale (BA, 1972) and the University of Iowa (MFA, 1975). He directed the creative-writing program from 1983 to 2000. He teaches poetry workshops and an occasional seminar on contemporary poetry.


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