Pierre Joris

New York, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Pierre Joris has published some 50 books of poems, essays & translations. Just out are Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited, introduced and translated by Joris (Black Widow Press), & Cartographies of the In-between: The Poetry & Poetics of Pierre Joris, edited by Peter Cockelbergh came out in 2012. Forthcoming in late 2013 are Barzakh (Poems 2000-2012) from Black Widow Press, & in 2014, The Collected Late Poems of Paul Celan, translated & annotated by Joris, from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. Other recent books include The Meridian: Final Version—Drafts—Materials by Paul Celan (Stanford U.P. 2011), Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending from the Blade, (poems, 2010), Justifying the Margins: Essays 1990-2006 (Salt Books) and Aljibar I & II (poems). He lives in Sorrentinostan, a.k.a. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife, multimedia performance artist and writer Nicole Peyrafitte.

Website: http://pierrejoris.com/blog

Twitter Username: @pjoris


  • The MLA Aldo & Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature.(2013)
  • NEA Translation grant(2011)
  • PEN Award for Poetry in Translation(2005)
  • Berlin Prize Fellowship, The American Academy in Berlin(2003)
  • NEA Translation grant(1999)
  • PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature (with Jerome Rothenberg)(1996)
  • PEN Center USA West Award for Translation (with Jerome Rothenberg)(1994)
  • Fonds Culturel National (Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg) writer's grant(1987)
  • The Fel's Literary Award (via CCLM) to the editors of SIXPACK(1975)


  • Professor Emeritus at Department of English, The University at Albany, SUNY (September 1992 - August 2013)


  • Doctoral Degree in Comparative Literature from SUNY Binghamton (1990)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry