Serge Gavronsky

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Serge Gavronsky (born 1932) is an American poet and translator.


Gavronsky was born in Paris. He fled Nazi-occupied France in 1941. Gavronsky received his A.B. in European History and French in 1954 from Columbia College and an M.A. in European History in 1955 and a Ph.D in European Intellectual History in 1965 from Columbia University,[1] and is now professor emeritus in the French department at Barnard College.[2] He lives in New York City.[3]


1990 Sole judge appointed by the Academy of American Poets for the Harold Morton Landon Prize in Translation [6]



Gavronsky has appeared in over thirty French and American poetry magazines including:

  • Lectures et compte-rendu, poèmes. Coll. "Textes," Flammarion, 1973.
  • Je le suis, poème, illustrations by Michel Kanter, artists’s edition, 1995.
  • L’interminable discussion, poem with six original woodcuts by JM. Scanreigh. Editions Philippe Millereau, 1996.
  • Reduction du tryptique, poem with 4 original woodcuts by JM. Scanreigh, Philippe Millereau, 1996.
  • Il était un dire, poem for artist's book by Patricia Erbelding (Mémoires Collections, 2007)
  • AndOrThe: Poems Within A Poem (Talisman House, 2007)


Serge Gavronsky, Francis Ponge: The Power of Language. (1979). University of California Press.