Alan Shapiro

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This article is about the professor of English and creative writing. For the American educator and educational reformer, see Alan Shapiro (education reformer). For the American science fiction and media theorist, see Alan N. Shapiro.

Alan Shapiro (born 1952) is an American poet and professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.[1] He is the author of nine poetry books,[1] including Tantalus in Love, Song and Dance, and The Dead Alive and Busy.

In addition to poetry, Alan Shapiro has also published two personal memoirs, Vigil and The Last Happy Occasion.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • Tantalus in Love
  • Song and Dance
  • The Dead Alive and Busy
  • Vigil
  • The Last Happy Occasion
  • Night of the Republic (shortlisted for the 2013 International Griffin Poetry Prize)
  • Reel to Reel


  1. ^ a b houghtonmifflinbooks
  2. ^ Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. ^ "N.C. Book Awards for fiction, poetry, go to Naumoff, Shapiro". The News & Observer: The Chapel Hill News, p. A4, Nov. 20, 2005.
  4. ^ "National Book Award Finalists Announced Today". Library Journal. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.