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. He is the author of nine poetry books, including Tantalus in Love, Song and Dance, and The Dead Alive and Busy.[1]

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
  • Software of the Future, or The Model Preceds the Real
  • Happy Hour
  • Covenant


  1. ^ "Alan Shapiro". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Creative Writing Program Faculty". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
  3. ^ "N.C. Book Awards for fiction, poetry, go to Naumoff, Shapiro" (Press release). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. November 11, 2005. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
  4. ^ Heilbrun, Margaret; McArdle, Molly (October 10, 2012). "National Book Award Finalists Announced Today". Library Journal. Retrieved 2014-12-09.