photo credit: Michael Paul Thomas

Michael Waters’ eleven books of poetry include Celestial Joyride (2016); Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity (2006– finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and  Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001– finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize) from  BOA Editions, and Bountiful (1992), The Burden Lifters (1989), and Anniversary of the Air (1985) from Carnegie Mellon UP. 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 UP, 2003). The recipient of five Pushcart Prizes and 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, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, and Rolling Stone, and has chaired the Poetry Panel for the National Book Award. Waters is Professor of English at Monmouth University.