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Richard Wollman

Richard Wollman

Richard Wollman is associate professor of Creative Writing, Shakespeare, and 17th Century Literature.  He is both a poet and a sculptor whose work may be viewed on his website:


Poetry Collections
The Art of Need (Finalist, Dorset Prize, Tupelo Press, 2008)  
Evidence of Things Seen (Sheep Meadow Press, 2006)
A Cemetery Affair (Finishing Line Press, 2004)
The Powow River Poets Anthology (Ocean Publishing, 2006)

Selected Journals
American Literary Review; Americas Review; Arion; Bellevue Literary Review; Blueline; Campbell Corner; Cider Press Review; Comstock Review; Connecticut River Review; Crazyhorse; Florida Review; Gulf Coast; MARGIE; Meridian; Memorious; New Delta Review; New England Review; Notre Dame Review; Obsidian; Poetry Daily; Prairie Schooner; Salamander; Seattle Review; Sow's Ear Poetry Review; Tar River Poetry; Verse Daily

Literary Criticism
The Press and the Fire: Print and Manuscript Culture in Donne"s Circle (Studies in English Literature)
"Speak that I may see thee": Aurality in Ben Jonson"s Print Poetry (Ben Jonson Journal)
Donne"s Obscurity: Memory & Manuscript Culture (John Donne Journal)

Teaching Areas & Topics

  • Creative Writing: Poetry & Nonfiction
  • 17th Century
  • The Bible
  • Shakespeare
  • Greek Mythology
  • Milton
  • Modern & Contemporary Poetry


  • Frost, Stevens, & History
  • Poetry & History
  • Poetry & the Holocaust (book manuscript)

Presentations and Lectures

  • The Poetry of Wallace Stevens, Master Class, MFA Program, Emerson College, 2007

Awards & Honors

  • Dorset Prize, Tupelo Press, Finalist, 2008
  • Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2007
  • Fellowship, Footpaths to Creativity (Azores), 2007
  • Arts & Letters Poetry Prize, Runner-Up, 2007
  • Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, Winner, 2005
  • Festivo Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention, 2005
  • Boyle/Farber Award, Winner, New England Poetry Club, 2002
  • Campbell Corner Poetry Competition, Distinguished Entry, 2002
  • Milton Center Award for Excellence in Poetry, Honorable Mention, 2002
  • "Apotheosis of Martin Ramirez," Juried Show, Newburyport Art Association, 2007


  • Co-Director, The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center
  • Advisory Board, Mass Poetry Outreach Program (UMass Lowell)
  • Advisory Board, Massachusetts Cultural Council (Newburyport)
  • Powow River Poets, Executive Committee, Newburyport
  • Member, Newburyport Art Association
  • John Donne Society

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Doctor of Philosophy
Columbia University

Master of Arts
Columbia University

Master of Philosophy
Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts
Brandeis University