November 1, 2016

Paul Violi (USA) 1944-2011

Paul Violi [1944-2011]

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Paul Violi received a BA in English from Boston University before serving in the Peace Corps in Nigeria from 1966-1967.

For many years Violi worked as a teacher and editor, serving managing editor of Architectural Forum, and working for a while as an assistant to Buckminster Fuller. He also worked with the artist Dale Devereux Barker. He taught at New York University, Columbia University, The New School, and elsewhere.
     Associated with the second generation of the New York School poets, Violi was the co-founder of Swollen Magpie Press.
     The first of his several collections of poetry was Waterworks (1972), followed by In Baltic Circles (1973, reprinted in 2011); Harmatan (1977, based on notes of his Nigerian stay), Breakers: Selected Poems (2000), and Overnight (2007), among others. His poems also appeared in numerous anthologies over the years.
     In 2002 he published a collection of prose, Selected Accidents, Pointless Anecdotes, published by Hanging Loose Press.
     Violi was honored with the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Poetry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
     He died of cancer in 2011, at age 66.


Waterworks (Iowa City: Toothpaste Press, 1972); In Baltic Circles (New York: Kulchur Foundation Press, 1973; reprinted by New York: H_NGM_N Books, 2011); Some Poems (New York: Swollen Magpie Press, 1976); Harmatan (New York: Sun Press, 1977); American Express (Ipswich, United Kingdom: Joe Soap’s Canoe Publications, 1981); Splurge (New York: Sun Press, 1982); Likewise (New York: Hanging Loose Press, 1988), The Curious Building (New York: Hanging Loose Press, 1993); The Anamorphoses [with Dale Devereux Barker] (Melbourne: Pataphysics Series, 1995); Fracas (New York: Hanging Loose Press, 1998); Breakers: Selected Longer Poems (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2000); Overnight (New York: Hanging Loose Press, 2007); The Tame Magpie (New York: Hanging Loose Press, 2014)

For a review of The Tame Magpie, “‘Reckless sympathy, scorn’: Paul Violi’s Last Poems” by Barry Schwabsky in Hyperallegic Weekend, go here:


Marjorie Welish (USA) 1944

Marjorie Welish (1944)

Born on June 2, 1944, Marjorie Welish received her B.A. at Columbia University and attend Vermont College and Norwich University to receive an M.F.A. degree.

Living in New York, Welish teaches art, literary criticism, and art history at Pratt Institute, but she has also frequently taught poetry courses at Brown University. She was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellow at Cambridge University in 2005.
      Her first book of poetry, Handwritten, was published by Sun Press in 1979, and since that time she has published numerous other collections, including  Two Windows Flew Open (1991), Casting Sequences (1993), The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems (2000, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets), Of the Diagram (2003), and Word Group (2004).
     Welish has also published and book of essays, Signifying Art: Essays on Art after 1960  (published by Cambridge University Press in 1999) and is herself an artist, represented by Baumgartner Gallery in New York City and Aaron Galleries in Chicago. 
     In 2001 the University of Pennsylvania held a conference devoted to Welish’s work, showing several examples of her books and art along with the delivery of papers about her writing.
     In 2009, Granary Books published Oaths? Questions?, a collaborative artists’ book by Welish and James Siena, which was the subject of a special exhibition at Denison Museum in Granville, Ohio; the book is in several permanent collections, including that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
      She has received grants and fellowships from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Fifth Floor Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the International Studio Program, the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.


Handwritten (New York: Sun Press, 1979); Two Poems (Calais, Vermont: Z Press, 1981); The Windows Flew Open (Providence, Rhode Island: Burning Deck, 1991); Casting Sequences (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993); The Annotated "Here" and Selected Poems (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2000); Of the Diagram: The Work of Marjorie Welish (Philadelphia: Slought Foundation, 2003); Word Group (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2004); Isle of the Signatories (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2008); and In the Futurity Lounge/Asylum for Indeterminacy (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2012)