Mr. Alan Shapiro

North Carolina, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012





Alan Shapiro, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has published twelve books of poetry, including Reel to Reel (Chicago: 2014), finalist for the Pulitzer Prise, Night of the Republic (Houghten Mifflin/Harcourt, 2012), finalist for the National Book Award and The Griffin Prize, Old War (HM/H, 2008), winner of the Ambassador Book Award, Happy Hour (University of Chicago Press, 1987) which won the 1987 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Covenant (University of Chicago Press, 1991), Mixed Company (University of Chicago Press, 1996), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry, The Dead Alive and Busy (University of Chicago Press, 2000), winner of the 2001 Kingsley Tufts Award from Claremont Graduate University, Song and Dance, which Houghton Mifflin published in February, 2002, and which won the Roanoke-Chowan Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Society, as did his next collection, Tantalus in Love (2205). Shapiro is the author of three books of prose, In Praise of the Impure: Poetry and the Ethical Imagination (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 1993), The Last Happy Occasion (Chicago, 1996), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography in 1997, and Vigil (Chicago, 1997), a memoir about his sister’s death from breast cancer, and winner of the New England Bookseller’s Discovery Designation. His first novel, Broadway Baby, appeared from Algonquin Books in 2012. The poetry editor of the Phoenix Poets Series at the University of Chicago Press from 1994 to 2000, and co-editor of Greek Tragedy in New Translation at Oxford University Press, Shapiro has published (with Oxford) a translation of The Oresteia by Aeschylus and The Trojan Women by Euripides. Shapiro has received numerous awards and honors, including two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., the Sarah Teasdale Award from Wellesley College, and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was also a 1991 recipient of a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award. The William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, Shapiro has also taught in the MFA Creative Writing program at UNC, Greensboro, Warren Wilson, and at Northwestern University. From 1975 to 1979, he was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.




Alan Shapiro, is author of 12 books of poetry (most recently Reel to Reel, from the University of Chicago Press, and Night of the Republic from Houghon Mifflin/Harcourt, a finalist for the National Book Award), 4 books of prose (most recently Broadway Baby, a novel from Algonquin Books). He’s published two translations with Oxford University Press, and won numerous awards, including The Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2 NEAs, a Guggenheim and a Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  • Reel to Reel , Chicago (March 14, 2014)


  • Finalst for Pulitzer Prize(2015)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry