Michael McGriff

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Michael McGriff at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.

Michael McGriff is an American poet.


McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. His work has appeared in Slate, Field, AGNI,[1] The Believer, Missouri Review,[2] and Poetry. He is the founding editor of Tavern Books,[3] a publishing house dedicated to poetry in translation and the revival of out-of-print books.

McGriff's book Home Burial[4] (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) chronicles the dissolution of a people and their landscape - the coastal Pacific Northwest. His most recent book of poetry, Early Hour,[5] is a book length sequence inspired by German Expressionist Karl Hofer's 1935 painting (Fruhe Stunde[6]) of the same name.

McGriff currently teaches creative writing[7] at the University of Idaho.



  • "Year of the Rat", Courtland Review, Spring 2009
  • Choke. Traprock Books. 2006. ISBN 978-0-9767411-2-1.
  • Dismantling the Hills. University of Pittsburgh Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-8229-6007-2.
  • Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)
  • Black Postcards (Willow Springs Books, 2017)
  • Early Hour (Copper Canyon Press, 2017)


  • Larry Smith, ed. (2005). Family matters: poems of our families. Bottom Dog Press. ISBN 978-0-933087-95-8.


  • "From July ’90", Tomas Tranströmer, AGNI 65, 2007
  • "Landscape with Suns", Tomas Tranströmer, AGNI 65, 2007
  • Tomas Tranströmer (2009). The Sorrow Gondola. Translator Michael McGriff. Green Integer. ISBN 978-1-933382-44-9.


  1. ^ "AGNI Online: Author Michael McGriff". Bu.edu. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  3. ^ "Tavern Books". Tavernbooks.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Copper Canyon Press: Home Burial, poetry by Michael McGriff". Coppercanyonpress.org. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Copper Canyon Press: Early Hour, Poetry by Michael McGriff". Coppercanyonpress.org. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Frühe Stunde (Early Hour)". Portlandartmuseum.us. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.uidaho.edu/class/english/graduate/mfa-creative-writing
  8. ^ https://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/awards
  9. ^ https://michener.utexas.edu

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