The Creative Writing Department is very pleased to announce the tenure-track hire of Andrew Joron, who joins our poetry faculty in fall. Andrew Joron is an award-winning poet, essayist, and translator. He started writing science fiction and then expanded his scope to include innovative techniques in poetry. A reviewer in the Nation Magazine compared Joron's recent work to that of the Russian Futurist Khlebnikov; another reviewer in the Boston Review hailed Joron as the "metaphysician-elect" of contemporary poetry. Andrew has taught at the UC Santa Cruz and been a visiting writer at many colleges and universities. His books of poems include Force Fields (1987), Science Fiction (1992), Invisible Machines (1997), The Removes (1999), Fathom (2004), The Sound Mirror (2008), and Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems from City Lights editions in 2010. As an editor he has seen to publication the Collected Poems of Gustaf Sobin (2011), and The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia from University of California Press in 2013. He has published a book of essays, The Cry at Zero: Collected Prose with Counterpath in 2007. He has also translated three books from the German, Literary Essays, Ernst Bloch (Stanford University Press, 1998), The Perpetual Motion Machine (2011) and On Things, forthcoming from Burning Deck Press later this year. Magazine publications include Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and Amazing Stories as well as The Nation, Hambone, and Sulfur. In addition to teaching, Andrew has worked as a science librarian and in the publishing industry. Professor Joseph Donahue of Duke University says he can "think of no one better than Joron to help students read deeply in the areas where their writing leads them, and to encourage them to connect where their curiosity leads them with the way they write." As a poet Donahue states of Joron, "Had Wallace Stevens met Isaac Asimov in heaven [the] poems would be the transcript of their talk." Recent interests include the poetics of sound and sonic poetry. We look forward to welcoming this fine writer, teacher, scholar, and translator to our department in Fall.
-Maxine Chernoff, Chair of Creative Writing