Thomas Centolella

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Thomas Centolella is an American poet and educator.

Thomas Centolella
Thomas Centolella


Centolella has published four books of poetry: Terra Firma, Lights & Mysteries, Views from along the Middle Way, and Almost Human.[1] His poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review,[2] American Poetry Review,[3] Parthenon West Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, and The Los Angeles Times, among many other periodicals.[4] His poem "View #45", was read at the United Nations as a part of Poets Against the War.[5] "In the evening we shall be examined on love" and "Lines of Force" were featured on Garrison Keillor's Writers' Almanac on NPR.[6][7]

He has been a visiting writer at many universities and colleges.

Mr. Centolella served as a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He has taught literature and creative writing at San Francisco State University, at the University of California, Berkeley (Extension), at the Institute on Aging (San Francisco), at San Francisco WritersCorps, and in the California Poets in the Schools Program.[1]

He currently lives in San Francisco[1] and teaches at College of Marin and in private workshops.


  • 1990 National Poetry Series (selected by Denise Levertov)
  • 1991 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and Bay Area Book Reviewers Award (aka, Northern California Book Award).
  • 1992 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry.
  • 1996 Poetry Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California (aka California Book Award).
  • 2015 The Dorset Prize, (selected by Edward Hirsch),Tupelo Press.



  • Terra Firma. Copper Canyon Press. 1990. ISBN 978-1-55659-030-6.
  • Lights & Mysteries. Copper Canyon Press. 1995. ISBN 978-1-55659-106-8.
  • Views from along the Middle Way: poems. Copper Canyon Press. 2002. ISBN 978-1-55659-161-7.
  • Almost Human. Tupelo Press, 2017.



  • Grace Grafton, Thomas Centolella, Calif Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School (2002). I Fall Into the Bright, Bright World: Poems. Manic D Press.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Grace Grafton, Thomas Centolella, Calif Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School (2002). The Irresistible Earth: Poems. Manic D Press.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)



  1. ^ a b c Thomas Centolella. "Terra Firma by Thomas Centolella - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  2. ^ "Spring & Summer 1996". 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  3. ^ [1] Archived January 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Parthenon West Review ~ Poetry is Our Nation". Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  5. ^ [2] Archived December 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "DC Writers and Magazines at AWP in Chicago - 32 Poems Magazine". 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  7. ^ "WritersCorps » Teaching Arts". Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  8. ^ "author detail". 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2013-10-06.