Alfred Corn

Alfred Corn has published eleven books of poems, most recently Unions (2014) and two novels, most recently Miranda’s Book, which also appeared in 2014. His three collections of essays are The Metamorphoses of Metaphor, Atlas: Selected Essays: 1989–2007, and Arks & Covenants. He received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Academy of American Poets. He has taught at Yale, Columbia, the University of Cincinnati, and UCLA. In 2013 he was made a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. In the spring of 2016 Chamán Ediciones in Spain published Rocinante, a selection of his work translated into Spanish; the same translation appeared the following year in Mexico under the title Antonio en el desierto. He has published translations from classical Greek, Latin, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Spanish. In October of 2016, “Roads Taken,” a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Alfred Corn’s first book All Roads at Once was held at Poets House in New York City, and in November 2017 he was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. In 2020 Norton will publish his translation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies.

Awards and Honors

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Academy of American Poets Fellowship

Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

Poetry’s Levinson Prize