photo credit: Michael Paul Thomas

Michael Waters’ ten books of poetry include Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity (2006), finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001), finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize from BOA Editions, Bountiful (1992), The Burden Lifters (1989), and Anniversary of the Air (1985) from Carnegie Mellon University Press. In 2011, Shoestring Press (UK) published Selected Poems. His co-edited volumes include Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, he has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, Rolling Stone, and The Pushcart Anthology, and has chaired the Poetry Panel for the National Book Award. Waters is a Professor of English at Monmouth University.