Peter Klappert

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Peter Klappert (born 1942 in Rockville Centre, New York) is an American poet.


He grew up in West Hempstead, New York, and Rowayton, Connecticut. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Iowa, with an M.A. and an M.F.A.[1]

His work has appeared in AGNI,[2] Antaeus,[3] Atlantic Monthly, Harper's,[4] Ploughshares, AWP Chronicle, Lambda Book Report, The Gettysburg Review,[5] and The Southern Review.[6]

He was Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University, and Writer-in-Residence at College of William and Mary.[citation needed]

He taught at Rollins College and New College of Florida, and George Mason University before retiring in 2006.[7][8]





Mary Morris, reviewing Klappert's Circular Stairs, Distress in the MIrrors in The Montserrat Review, wrote,

It's not just the superb wit and eloquent writing embodied in this collection, but the constant stirring of surprises, of some great soul searching, if you will. The images are breathtaking. What is most ingenious about this writer is how he tackles difficult subjects, such as war and race, producing poetry with the social message he intends but with startling grace.[9]


  1. ^ "Peter Klappert Biography". Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  2. ^ "AGNI Online: Author Peter Klappert". Boston University. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  3. ^ Halpern, Daniel, ed. (1981). Antæus. Villiers Publications.
  4. ^ "Peter Klappert". Harper's Magazine. March 1973. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  5. ^ Klappert, Peter (Winter 1990). "I Want, I Don't Want: The Poetry of Margaret Atwood". The Gettysburg Review. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  6. ^ Klappert, Peter (Winter 2000). "The Invention of the Kirby Poem (Book Review)". The Southern Review. Louisiana State University Press. 36 (1): 196. ISSN 0038-4534. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  7. ^ "Peter Klappert". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  8. ^ "Happy 30th Birthday, Creative Writing!". The Mason Spirit. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  9. ^ Morris, Mary. "The Montserrat Review". The Montserrat Review. ISSN 1097-7473. Retrieved 2016-04-30.

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