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Michael Gizzi

Lives in Providence, RI

Born 1949, Schenectady, NY

Poet, Teacher, Small Press Publisher

I first read "Miniver Cheevy" by Edwin Arlington Robinson when I was eleven years old, and I have been writing poetry ever since. Though I grew up to be an enthusiast/advocate of the experimental in art, it would be wrong of me to suggest that I lost the naivete of my eleven-year old self in the process. Indeed, since that formative encounter with Robinson's misfit dreamer, I have pursued the radical possibility that anything is possible, if one is only given the opportunity to continue.

In addition to poetry, my chief inspiration has been music - classical and jazz. As a writer, I have made use of musical techniques in my work, along with some from the plastic arts: collaboration, improvisation, juxtaposition, etc. I have faith in the human spirit, as well as in the cosmic joke that suggests we are merely parsecs of light fortunate enough to be passing through some vastness of space, at this, our moment.

1978 M.A., Brown University

1976 B.A., Brown University


2009 New Depths of Deadpan. Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press

2001 My Terza Rima. Great Barrington, MA: The Figures

1997 No Both. West Stockbridge, MA: Hard Press

1991 Continental Harmony. New York, NY: Roof Books

1983 Species of Intoxication. Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press


2007, 1996 Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing

1995 Fund for Poetry Grant

1991, 1987 Massachusetts Foundation Grant

1978 Academy of American Poets Prize at Brown University

1975 Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Prize in Poetry at Brown University

Year Awarded 2010
Category Poetry
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