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Pierre  Joris

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: English

Contemporary literature, especially poetry and poetics, of the U.S., U.K., Europe, North Africa, and beyond; theory of the avant-garde and diaspora studies; comparative literature and translation studies; North African culture

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Poet, translator and essayist Pierre Joris left Luxembourg at age 19 and has since lived in the U.S., Great Britain, North Africa, and France. He has taught at UAlbany since 1992. Rain Taxi praised his collection, Poasis: Selected Poems 1986-1999, for "its physical, philosophical delight in words and their reverberations." Since then, he has published two chapbooks of poetry: Permanent Diaspora and The Rothenberg Variations and in 2003, Wesleyan U.P. brought out his collection of essays A Nomad Poetics.

Recent translations include Paul Celan: Selections (University of California Press, 2005); Lightduress by Paul Celan (Green Integer, 2004), which received the 2005 PEN Poetry Translation Award; and 4x1: Work by Tristan Tzara, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean-Pierre Duprey & Habib Tengour (Inconundrum Press 2002). With Jerome Rothenberg, he edited the award-winning anthologies Poems for the Millennium and out from Exact Change, Pablo Picasso, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz & Other Poems.