Sherod Santos

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Professor Emeritus

PhD 1982, University of Utah

Research and Teaching

Sherod Santos is the author of five books of poetry, Accidental Weather (Doubleday, 1982), The Southern Reaches (Wesleyan, 1989), The City of Women (W.W. Norton, 1993), The Pilot Star Elegies (W.W. Norton, 1999), and most recently, The Perishing (W.W. Norton, 2003). His book of literary essays, A Poetry of Two Minds (University of Georgia Press, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Professor Santos' poems appear regularly in such journals as The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewThe NationPoetry, and The Yale Review; his essays have appeared in American Poetry ReviewThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Kenyon Review, and Parnassus. His awards include the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, the Discovery/ The Nation Award, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize from Poetry magazine, a Pushcart Prize in both poetry and the essay, the 1984 appointment as Robert Frost Poet and the Gold Chalk Teaching Award. He has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1999 he received an Award for Literary Excellence from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His book of translations, Greek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation, was published by W.W. Norton in fall of 2005.

Awards and Honors

Gold Chalk Award

Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in the Humanities

Long-listed for National Book award for Square Inch Hours, 2019

Selected Publications



         Greek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation (W.W. Norton, 2005)

         The Perishing (W.W. Norton, 2003)

         A Poetry of Two Minds (University of Georgia Press, 2000)

         Square Inch Hours (W.W. Norton, 2017)

         The Intricated Soul: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2010) 


In the last ten years, individual poems and essays have appeared in (among others): American Poetry Review, Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press), Boston Review, Broad Street, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, New American Writing, Poem-a-Day (Academy of American Poets), Raritan, Yale Review.



         Five translations from the early Greek Lyric Poets, Gettysburg Review, 2022

         Six translations from the early Greek Lyric Poets, American Journal of Poetry, forthcoming 2022.



         Coffee shop, Flint, Michigan, Play Festival, 2010

         Star, Algonquin Theatre, New York City, 2010

         Follow the Leader, Side Project, Chicago, 2011

         Beginning of the Revolution, Royal Court Theatre, London, 2015


         Between Two Nevermores, Proscenium Theatre Journal, 2020

         Silent Billy, Kenyon Review, 2022