David Yezzi

Associate Professor and Department Chair

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David Yezzi’s books of poetry include Azores (Swallow Press), a Slate magazine best book of the year, and, most recently, Birds of the Air (Carnegie Mellon). He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for David Conte’s opera Firebird Motel has been performed widely and was issued on CD in 2007. His verse plays One the Rocks and Dirty Dan & Other Travesties were produced by Verse Theater Manhattan at the Bowery Poetry Club. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he has worked as the executive editor of The New Criterion and associate editor of Parnassus: Poetry in Review.

David Yezzi teaches courses on narrative poetry (from Homer to the present) and on the dramatic element in lyric poetry, as well as “Performing Fiction & Poetry,” which combines literary and theatrical practice to further develop an awareness of literature as a spoken art form.