Ron Silliman

Ron Silliman has written and edited forty books of poetry, critical theory, and memoir, most recently The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Letters: Selected 1970s Correspondence of Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, and Ron Silliman. His work has been translated into sixteen languages. Silliman’s anthology In the American Tree is the definitive gathering of language poetry and his own poetry is included in The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Poems for the Millennium, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Among his awards, Silliman received the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation in 2010, a Pew Fellowship, grants from the California and Pennsylvania Arts Councils, and two literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Silliman was a 2012 Kelly Writers House Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, a keynote poet of the 43rd Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, also in 2012, the subject of a panel at the 111th MLA Convention in 1995, a symposium at the University of Windsor in 2011, special issues of The Difficulties and Quarry West, and a Poets and Critics Symposium at the University of Paris in 2017. His sculpture From Northern Soul (Bury Neon) is installed in the transit center of Bury, Lancashire, where it is a part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. Silliman’s Blog has received over 4 million visits.


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