David Groff

New York, United States

Member Since: 03/09/2012

David Groff is a poet, writer, independent book editor, literary scout, and teacher.

His book of poems, Clay, was chosen by Michael Waters as winner of the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence and was published in 2013 by Trio House Press. It was a finalist for the  Lambda Literary Award. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution, was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series, was published in 2002 by the University of Illinois Press, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards. With Jim Elledge he coedited Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners, from the University of Wisconsin Press; with Philip Clark he coedited Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (Alyson); and with Richard Berman he coedited Whitman's Men: Walt Whitman's Calamus Poems Celebrated by Contemporary Photographers. He completed the book The Crisis of Desire: AIDS and the Fate of Gay Brotherhood for its author, the late Robin Hardy (Houghton Mifflin/The University of Minnesota Press).

David’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, The AwlBarrow Street, Chicago Review, Court Green, Georgia Review, Great River Review, Inkwell, The Iowa Review, Margie, Mead, Phat’itude, Poetry, and other magazines. He has received residencies and fellowships from The Anderson Center, The Hall Farm Center, Hidden River Arts Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Ragdale, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Saltonstall Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Wildacres Retreat, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. 

David is an independent editor and publishing consultant, focusing on narrative nonfiction, memoir, and literary and popular fiction, and working directly with authors, literary agents, and publishers. Authors he has edited have been published by Basic Books, Farrar Straus, HarperCollins, Miramax, Morrow, Penguin, Pocket, St. Martin’s, Weinstein Books, and Wiley, among others. He began his career at Crown Publishers, where he edited such bestselling authors as Dave Barry, Jim Dwyer, Patrice Gaines, Paul Monette, and Colin Harrison. David has led seminars in publishing at the New School, Penn, Poets House, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Otis College, Kennesaw State, the University of Rhode Island, and other venues, and has taught courses in publishing at Rutgers University and New York University.

David received an A.B. from Princeton, an M.FA. from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and an M.A. in English/Expository Writing from the University of Iowa. He teaches courses in poetry, nonfiction, and publishing & literary citizenship in the M.F.A. creative writing program of the City College of New York. 



Website: www.davidgroff.com

Twitter Username: @davidgroff


  • Clay: Poems , Trio House Press (March 2013)
  • Who's Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners (edited with Jim Elledge) , University of Wisconsin Press (January 2013)
  • Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (edited with Philip Clark) , Alyson Books (December 1, 2009)
  • Theory of Devolution: Poems , The University of Illinois Press/National Poetry Series (September 14, 2002)


  • Louise Bogan Award, Trio House Press (2012)
  • National Poetry Series Open Competition Selection(2002)


  • Poet
  • Independent Book Editor and Publishing Consultant
  • Guest Faculty at The City College of New York MFA Program in Creative Writing (August 2007 - )
  • Senior Associate/Literary Scout at Rob Weisbach Creative Management (June 2009 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from Princeton University
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from The University of Iowa Writers Worshop
  • Master of Arts in English/Expository Writing from The University of Iowa

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry