Alfred Corn

Alfred Corn has published eleven books of poems, two novels and three collections of critical essays. He has received the Guggenheim, the NEA, an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and one from the Academy of American Poets. He has taught at Yale, Columbia, the University of Cincinnati, and UCLA.  In 2013 he was made a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. In 2016, Chamán Ediciones in Spain published Rocinante, a selection of his work translated in Spanish, the same translation appearing the following year in Mexico under the title Antonio en el desierto. He has published translations from classical Greek, Latin, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Spanish. His own poems have also been translated into Italian, French, German, and Turkish. In October of 2016, Roads Taken, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Alfred Corn’s first book All Roads at Once was held at Poets’ House in New York City, and in 2017 he was inducted into the Georgia Writers’ Hall of Fame. In 2021 he published a new version Rilke’s Duino Elegies and in 2022 a selected poems volume appeared under the title The Returns.  He lives in Providence, Rhode island.



  • Making, Spinning, Weaving Texts by Alfred Corn

    In Anglo-Saxon, the word for poet was “scop” (pronounced “shop”), which is related to the verb “scieppan,” “to shape.”
    Issue #139 March 2023
  • Flash Essays by Alfred Corn

    Most of us have read Joyce’s Dubliners, which includes the story “Ivy Day in the Committee Room,” but do we know what Ivy Day is in Ireland?
    Issue #103 March 2020