Henri Cole,

Josephine Olp Weeks Professor of Literature

Department:
Literature

(909) 607-3820
Roberts South 213
  • Biography
  • Education
  • Awards and Affiliations
  • Research and Publications

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956.  He has published nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  He has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lenore Marshall Award, a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and, most recently, the Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His memoir Orphic Paris was recently published by New York Review Books.

MFA, Columbia University, 1982 BA, College of William and Mary, 1978
  • Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2017

    Award of Merit Medal in Poetry, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2016

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Fellow, 2014

    The Jackson Poetry Prize, Poets & Writers, 2012

    The Thom Gunn Award for Poetry, Publishing Triangle, 2012

    Harvard College Phi Beta Kappa poet, 2011

    Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry, Finalist, 2010

    American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Elected Fellow, 2010                    

    Sara Teasdale Award in Poetry, Wellesley College, 2009

    National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (Poetry), 2009

    Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, Academy of American Poets, 2008

    Ambassador Book Award in Poetry, English Speaking Union, 2008

    Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry, 2008

    Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, 2008

    United States Artist Fellowship in Literature, 2007

    John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2005

    Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, 2004

    American Academy of Arts and Letters, Award in Literature, 2004

    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Finalist, 2004

    Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry, 2004

    Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, 2004

    Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry, Finalist, 2004

    Japan-US Friendship Commission, Creative Artist Fellowship, 2001

    Berlin Prize, American Academy in Berlin, 2000

    Rome Prize in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1995

    National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (Poetry), 1993

    Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, 1989-90

  • Orphic Paris (New York Review Books, 2018)

    Nothing to Declare (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015)

    Touch (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011)

    Pierce the Skin:  Selected Poems 1982-2007 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 201

    Blackbird and Wolf (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 200

    Middle Earth (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003)

    The Visible Man (Knopf, 1998)

    The Look of Things (Knopf, 1995) 

    The Zoo Wheel of Knowledge (Knopf, 1989)

    The Marble Queen (Atheneum, 1986)

    Paris-Orphée, translated by Claire Malroux, Le bruit du temps (Paris, 2018)

    Le Merle, le Loup suivi de Toucher (French translation of Blackbird and Wolf followed by Touch), translated by Claire Malroux, Le bruit du temps (Paris, 2015)

    Terre Médiane (French translation of Middle Earth), translated by Claire Malroux, Le bruit du temps (Paris, 2011)

    Myrlo y Lobo (Spanish translation of Blackbird and Wolf), translated by Eduardo López Truco, Quálea Editorial, S. L., Cantabria, Spain, 2010

    Autoritratto con Gatti (Italian selected poems), translated by Massimo Bacigalupo, Casa editrice Guanda, Parma, 2010

    La Apariencia de la Cosas (Spanish selected poems), translated by Eduardo López Truco, Quálea Editorial, S. L, Cantabria, Spain, 2008

    Vingt-Deux Poèmes (French/English bilingual edition) translated by Claire Malroux, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, 2005

    Blur (Artist book with Jenny Holzer), Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, 2005