Jay Parini

Jay Parini

About Jay Parini

Jay Parini (born April 2, 1948) is an American poet, writer and academic. He published six books of poetry include New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015 and The Art of Subtraction. He has written eight novels, including Benjamin’s Crossing, The Damascus Road, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station – the latter was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer and translated into over thirty languages. His nonfiction works include The Art of Teaching, Why Poetry Matters, Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America, and The Way of Jesus. His most recent book, Borges and Me: An Encounter, is a memoir published in 2020. Among his many edited volumes are the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (2004), The Columbia History of American Poetry (1994), The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry (1995), and The Norton Book of American Autobiography (1998).
He has received various fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1993-1994) and, for his Frost biography, the Chicago Tribune-Heartland Award in 2000. He was the Fowler Hamilton Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford University, in 1993-1994 and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of London in 2005-2006.
He lives in Weybridge, Vermont.

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