Pierre Joris


Pierre Joris, ProfessorPh.D., SUNY Binghamton

Poetry & Poetics, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, New Media & Performance Studies, Creative Writing

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Nicole Peyrafitte, Performance Artist France/USA

Pierre Joris, poet, translator, anthologist has been called the first person to create a canon of the avant garde that grows and flexes but is focused on what is always innovative. His Poetry for the Millennium Anthology co authored with Jerome Rothenberg is as much a touchstone for experimental poets as Olson's Projective Verse or Bernstein's The Language Book. Pierre Joris is an innovator of the highest order and he brings to poetry a sense and a breadth that few poets in the USA possess. Pierre Joris is also a generous individual who brings so much to his students and colleagues. He is currently Professor at SUNY Albany.

(read more about Pierre in his interview at chicagopostmodernpoetry.com)


SUNY-Binghamton Comparative Literature Ph.D. 1990

University of Essex Theory & Practice of Translation M.A. 1975

Bard College Literature A.B. 1969

Cours Supérieurs, Lux. Candidat en Sciences Naturelles 1966

Faculté de Médecine de Paris 1965-1967



Pablo Picasso: The Burial of the Count of Orgaz & Other Poems (with Jerome Rothenberg), Exact Change, Boston, 2001.

4x1: Tzara, Rilke, Duprey & Tengour translated by Joris, Inconundrum Press 2002.

Paul Celan, California UP, Poets for the Millennium series, 2002.

A Festschrift for Robert Kelly: Critical Essays, ed. by Pierre Joris, Samizdat Books, 2002.

Toward a Nomad Poetics (Essays), Wesleyan UP, 2003.

Paul Celan: The Meridian, Stanford University Press, 2004.


"Response to Adrian Clarke re Nomadic Poetics", in Open Letter, Toronto, 2001.

"St/range: An uncertain range," in Aufgabe # 1, San Francisco, 2001.

"Un E pour un A" in: Arapoetica # 2, Paris, France, 2001.

"Jerome Rothenberg, homme-orchestre-dada" in Bücher/Livres, Tageblatt, Luxembourg, 20 April 2001.

"Michel Deguy, Imaginant l'Imaginable," in Bücher/Livres, Tageblatt, Luxembourg, 20 April 2001.

"Subject: Pound, Fascism, etc." in poetics@ ed. by Joel Kuszai, Roof Books, 2000.


Boston Poetry Marathon, Boston, MA, July 2001

Festival de Rabat, Rabat, Morocco, June 2001
"Les Journées de Mondorf," Mondorf, L:uxembourg, April 2001.

" Festival Franco-Arabe de poésie ", Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, March/April 2001.

"Celebrating Paul Celan," University of London, November 2000.

"Book/Ends: Transformations of the Book & Redefinitions of the Humanities," The University at Albany, October 2000.

DAC2000 (Digital Arts Conference 2000), Bergen, Norway.

"Journées Luxembourg 2000" Montréal / Québec / Trois-Rivières, April 2000.

"Eye, Ear & Mind : A Conference on the Poetry of Ronald Johnson," SUNY Buffalo, March 2000.


Quodlibet, multimedia performance in collaboration with Nicole Peyrafitte & Holland Hopson ; keynote performance at Digital Arts Conference 2000 (Bergen, Norway, August 2000).

déPLACEments, performance multi-média en collaboration avec Nicole Peyrafitte, première à la Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego et à UCSD, La Jolla (avril 2000); from 27 June to 2 July 2000 nightly at " la cave poésie " (Toulouse, France).


FOUNDING MEMBER of the LSV (Lëtzebuerger Schrëftstellerverband) the Luxembourg Writer's Union (since 1986).

CO-FOUNDER & ORGANIZER (with Jean Portante) of the Festival International de Poésie in Luxembourg (the first festival took place in May 1987).

BOARD MEMBER of the Hudson Valley Writers' Guild, Albany NY. (1992-1994)

MEMBER of IAPL(since 1996)

MEMBER OF MLA (Since 1987)

MEMBER OF PEN (NY Chapter) since 1993.


1999 NEA Translation grant.

1996 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature (with Jerome Rothenberg).

1994 PEN Center USA West Award for Translation (with Jerome Rothenberg).

Faculty Research Award Program grant, SUNY-Albany 1993 & 1997.

Fonds Culturel National (Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg) writer's grant, 1987.

Centre National des Lettres (France) translator's grant, 1983.

The 1975 Fel's Literary Award (via CCLM)