Moorman Symposium Contributors

Angela Ball

Moorman Distinguished Professor of English

Angela Ball’s prize winning and frequently anthologized poems and translations have appeared in journals includingThe New YorkerAtlantic MonthlyColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyFieldPartisan ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and The Southern Review. Her books of poetry include Kneeling Between Parked Cars (Owl Creek Press, 1990);Possession (Red Hen, 1995); Quartet (Carnegie Mellon, 1995); and The Museum of the Revolution (Carnegie Mellon, 1999). Her 2007 collection, Night Clerk At the Hotel of Both Worlds (University of Pittsburgh Press), received both the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Poetry and the Donald Hall Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The recipient of an Individual Writer’s Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ball has represented the U.S. at the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, and has been a writer in residence at the University of Richmond and at Chateau Lavigny near Lausanne, Switzerland.


Billy Collins 

Billy Collins was born in New York City in 1941. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Nine Horses (Random House, 2002); Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001); Picnic, Lightning (1998); The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Questions About Angels (1991), which was selected by Edward Hirsch for the National Poetry Series; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video Poems (1980); and Pokerface (1977).

A recording of Collins reading thirty-three of his poems, The Best Cigarette, was released in 1997. Collins's poetry has appeared in anthologies, textbooks, and a variety of periodicals, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Harper's, Paris Review, and The New Yorker. His work has been featured in The Pushcart Prize anthology and The Best American Poetry for 1992, 1993, and 1997. Collins has edited Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003), an anthology of contemporary poems for use in schools.

Collins has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1992, he was chosen by the New York Public Library to serve as "Literary Lion" and in 2001 he served as the U.S. Poet Laureate. For several years he has conducted summer poetry workshops in Ireland at University College Galway. He is a professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York. He lives in Somers, New York.    

Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel is the author, most recently, of Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry), Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005), Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel, 2005) and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001). She was the guest editor is for The Best American Poetry 2013. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is a professor at Florida International University in Miami.



Barbara Hamby

Barbara Hamby is the author of five books of poems, most recently On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems, which will be published in 2014 by the University of Pittsburgh Press, which also published Babel (2004) and All-Night Lingo Tango (2009). She was a 2010 Guggenheim fellow in Poetry and her book of short stories, Lester Higata’s 20th Century, won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She teaches at Florida State University where she is Distinguished University Scholar.


David Kirby

David Kirby’s books include The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. His biography Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was hailed by the Times Literary Supplement of London as a “hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense." His latest book of poetry is The Biscuit Joint. He is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. See also







David Lehman 

Born in New York City in 1948, the son of Holocaust refugees, David Lehman is a poet, writer, and editor. His eight full-length collections of poetry include Yeshiva Boys (2009), When a Woman Loves a Man (2005), The Evening Sun (2002), The Daily Mirror (2000), and Valentine Place (1996), all from Scribner, as well as Operation Memory (1990) and An Alternative to Speech (1986), both from Princeton University Press. A volume of his New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Scribner in November 2013. He is the author of a group portrait of the New York School of poets (The Last Avant-Garde; Doubleday, 1998, Anchor Paperback 1999) and is acknowledged as a leading authority on the subject. He has lectured widely and, for three consecutive years, offered a graduate seminar at Columbia University on the New York School.

Lehman is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006) and series editor of The Best American Poetry (Scribner), which he initiated in 1988. He has edited other anthologies, such as Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, which is required reading in many craft courses. In 2010 he won ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for his nonfiction book A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Schocken, 2009). He also wrote and designed the traveling exhibition based on it, which visited fifty-five libraries in twenty-seven states in 2011 and 2012. Among Lehman’s other books are his Edgar-nominated study in detective novels (The Perfect Murder; University of Michigan Press, 2000) and his acclaimed account of the scandal sparked by the revelation that a Yale University eminence had written anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi articles for a major daily newspaper in his native Belgium (Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man; Simon and Schuster, 1991).

With James Cummins, David Lehman has collaborated on a book of sestinas, Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (Soft Skull Press, 2006); with Judith Hall, David joined forces to create a book of poems and collages, Poetry Forum (Bayeux Arts, 2006). He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School in New York City.