Brad Leithauser

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Brad E. Leithauser
Born (1953-02-27) 27 February 1953 (age 67)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
OccupationNovelist, essayist, poet, teacher
Years active1982–present

Brad E. Leithauser (born February 27, 1953) is an American poet, novelist, essayist, and teacher. After serving as the Emily Dickinson Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College and visiting professor at the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he is now on faculty at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.[1]


Leithauser was born in 1953 in Detroit, Michigan.[2] He is an alumnus of the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.[3] He worked for three years as a research fellow at the Kyoto Comparative Law Center in Japan. Leithauser has lived in Japan, Italy, England, Iceland, and France. He was married to the poet Mary Jo Salter for many years (they divorced in December 2011) and previously taught at Mount Holyoke College. In January, 2007, Leithauser joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Leithauser's work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Time, The New Yorker, and The New Criterion.

He is on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common, based at Amherst College.[4]

Leithauser is the uncle and godfather of Hamilton Leithauser, lead singer of The Walkmen.

Awards and grants[edit]


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Hundreds of Fireflies Knopf, 1982, ISBN 978-0-394-74896-2
  • Cats of the Temple, Knopf, 1986, ISBN 978-0-394-74152-9
  • The Mail from Anywhere, Knopf, 1990, ISBN 978-0-394-58586-4
  • The Odd Last Thing She Did, Alfred A. Knopf, 1998, ISBN 978-0-375-40141-1
  • Lettered creatures: light verse. David R. Godine Publisher. 2004. ISBN 978-1-56792-275-2.
  • Curves and Angles. Random House Digital, Inc. 2006. ISBN 978-0-307-26528-9.
  • Toad to a Nightingale. David R. Godine Publisher. 2007. ISBN 978-1-56792-341-4.


Essay collections[edit]

  • Penchants and Places, A.A. Knopf, 1995

Edited volumes[edit]



  1. ^ "Brad Leithauser". Archived from the original on 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  2. ^ "Brad Leithauser". Online NewsHour: Poetry Series. PBS NewsHour. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "Brad Leithauser Author Bookshelf - Random House - Books - Audiobooks - Ebooks". Random House. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  4. ^ "About | The Common". Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  5. ^ "Brad E. Leithauser - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
  6. ^ The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1985. New York: Newspaper Enterprise Association, Inc. 1984. p. 414. ISBN 0-911818-71-5.

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