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Mr. Brian  Henry
Mr. Brian Henry
Professor of English and Creative Writing

Brian Henry has published nine books of poetry, two edited collections, and two translated books. He has written about contemporary poetry for such publications as The New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Kenyon Review. He co-edits the international journal Verse.

Poems in Anthologies:

The Wadsworth Anthology of Poetry, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Prentice Hall Literature Portfolio, Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets, The Forward Book of Poetry 2003, The Forward Book of Poetry 2001, The Best of the Prose Poem, American Poetry: The Next Generation.

Poems in Journals:

400+ poems in American Poetry Review, The Antioch Review, Boston Review, The Canary, Colorado Review, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Fascicle, Fence, Fulcrum, Grand Street, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Island (Australia), Jacket (Australia), The Kenyon Review, Leviathan Quarterly (Germany), The Massachusetts Review, McSweeney's, Meanjin (Australia), Metre (Ireland), Michigan Quarterly Review, The Modern Review (Canada), New American Writing, New England Review, Octopus, Open City, Overland (Australia), Oxford Poetry (UK), The Paris Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Review (UK), Poetry Wales, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Slope, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Volt, The Yale Review, and others.

Short Fiction in Journals:

The Antioch Review, BathHouse, LIT, Quarterly West, Southerly (Australia), Stride (UK).

Creative Non-Fiction in Journals:

Blackbird, The Collagist

Translations (from Slovenian) in Journals:

The Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Circumference, Conduit, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Field, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Jacket, The Modern Review (Canada), New American Writing, New Ohio Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, North American Review, Octopus, The Paris Review, Poetry International, Poetry Review (UK), Subtropics, Washington Square, and others.


Reviews and essay/reviews for Australian Book Review, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Harvard Review, Jacket (Australia), The Kenyon Review, Manoa: A Journal of Pacific Writing, New York Times Book Review, PN Review (UK), Poetry Review (UK), Prairie Schooner, Stand (UK), Talisman, Threepenny Review, Times Literary Supplement (UK), Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, and others.


Poets and Writers, Cross-Cultural Poetics, Failbetter, Front Porch, Island (Australia), Poet's Market, The Kenyon Review.

Bowery Poetry Club (NY), Brown University, Carrboro Poetry Festival, University of Chicago, College of William and Mary, University of Colorado, Columbia University, Discrete series (Chicago), Harvard University, Hollins University, University of Iowa, Jubilat Reading Series (Boston), KGB series (NY), Lafayette College, La Mama Theatre (Melbourne), University of Massachusetts, Medana Days of Poetry and Wine Festival (Slovenia), University of Michigan, Moscow International Poetry Festival, National Arts Club (NY), New York University, PEN World Voices Festival, Princeton University, Rain Taxi Reading Series (Minneapolis), Ruthless Grip Art Project Experimental Poetry Series (Washington, D.C.), San Diego State University, Sonoma State University, Susquehanna University, Syracuse Univeristy, Tasmanian Poetry and Dance Festival, University of Virginia, Vassar College, Vilenica International Literary Festival (Slovenia), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Washington University, and others.

Grants and Fellowships
2010 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship
2011 Howard Foundation (Brown University) Translation Fellowship
2009 Slovenian Agency for the Book Translation Grant
2009 Slovenian Ministry of Culture Translation Grant
2008 Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences Translation Grant
1997-1998 Fulbright Scholarship
2011 Distinguished Educator Award
2009 Treci Trg Prize (Serbia)
2011 Best Translated Book Award for poetry
2009 Forward Prize Commendation
2008 Cecil B. Hemley Memorial Award
2006 Carole Weinstein Poetry Award
2006 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award
2003 Alica Fay di Castagnola Award
2001 George Bogin Memorial Award
2000 Finalist for the Forward Prize

Brother No One. London: Salt Publishing, 2013.

Doppelganger. Jersey City: Talisman House, 2011.

Lessness. Boise: Ahsahta Press, 2011.

Wings Without Birds. London: Salt Publishing, 2010.

The Book of Things by Ales Steger (translated). Rochester: BOA Editions, 2010

Woods and Chalices by Tomaz Salamun (translated). New York: Harcourt, 2008.

In the Unlikely Event of a Water. London: Equipage, 2007.

The Stripping Point. Denver: Counterpath Press, 2007.

Quarantine. Boise: Ahsahta Press, 2006

The Verse Book of Interviews (ed. with Andrew Zawacki). Amherst: Verse Press, 2005.

On James Tate (ed.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004.

Graft. Kalamazoo: New Issues Press, 2003.

American Incident. Cambridge (UK): Salt Publishing, 2002.

Astronaut. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2002 / Lancashire (UK): Arc Publications, 2000.


"Exquisite Disjunctions, Exquisite Arrangements: Jorie Graham's Strangeness of Strategy." Jorie Graham: Essays on the Poetry, edited by Thomas Gardner, University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. Reprinted from The Antioch Review.

"The Presentation and Performance of Self in John Forbes' Poetry." Imagining Australia: Literature and Culture in the New New World, edited by Judith Ryan and Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Harvard University Press, 2004.

"Bloom's Kinsella: The Politics of Selection in Peripheral Light." Jacket. Number 27 (2005).

"Freedom and Discipline: Hayden Carruth's Blues." The Georgia Review. Volume 58, Number 2(Summer 2004).

"John Tranter's New Form(alism): The Terminal." Antipodes. Volume 18, Number 1 (June 2004).

"New Scaffolding for New Arrangements: Charles Wright's Low Riders." Virginia Quarterly Review. Volume 80, Number 2 (Spring 2004).

"Emersonian Transition in James Tate's The Lost Pilot." The Iowa Review. Volume 32, Number 2 (Fall 2002).

M.F.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.A., College of William and Mary
Contact Information
353 Humanities Building
(804) 287-643
(804) 289-8313 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Contemporary American, Australian, British poetry
Slovenian poetry (as translator)