James McCorkle and fellow editors Jeffrey Gray and Mary McAleer Balkun, both from Seton Hall University, announce the publication of “The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry.”
This five-volume reference work includes entries on American poets from the colonial period to the present as well as entries on poetics and topics relating to poetry, including gender, politics, and influence.
Multi-cultural in scope and containing more than 900 entries by 350 scholars, the encyclopedia provides biographical, historical, and critical contexts for each poet.
In addition to his work as a co-editor, McCorkle, a member of the First Year Seminar faculty and a 1976 graduate of Hobart College, also wrote entries on such topics as “Lyric Poetry” and “Postmodern Poetry” as well as numerous entries on individual poets.
Other members of the HWS community contributed to this work: Professor Deborah Tall and John D’Agata '95 co-wrote”The Lyric Essay;” former professor Jasper Bernes contributed the entries “New Criticism” and “The Sublime;” former professor Stephen Kuusisto '78 contributed an entry on Kenneth Rexroth; and H.J. Manzari '91 contributed “Latino Poetry in the United States.”
A graduate of Hobart College and the University of Iowa, McCorkle’s previous publications include “Evidences,” “The Still Performance,” and “Conversant Essays.” His poetry has recently appeared in Double Room, Harvard Review and No: A Journal of the Arts and is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Fiddlehead and Boston Review.
Gray is an associate professor of English at Seton Hall University and author of “Mastery's End: Travel and Postwar American Poetry.” His articles and poetry have appeared in several magazines and journals. Balkun is an associate professor of English at Seton Hall University. She has published in several journals and is the author of the forthcoming “The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and Culture.”