William Corbett (poet)

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William Corbett (born October 11, 1942)[1] is an American poet, essayist, editor, educator, and publisher.

Corbett's work and public readings acknowledge the influence on him of jazz, modernist and imagist poetry (especially William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound in his later work), the group of poets in Donald Allen's seminal anthology The New American Poetry 1945–1960, many of them from the Black Mountain College community (most notably Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, his friends Robert Creeley and John Wieners, and his mentor, Charles Olson), classical Chinese poets (mainly Li Po), and French poetry of the mid-19th to early 20th centuries (especially Guillaume Apollinaire).

Life and work[edit]

Corbett has served as a teacher in the Expository Writing program at Harvard University and as writer-in-residence in the Program of Writing and Humanistic Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has taught classes focusing on the craft of the personal essay and the creation of poetry. He edits for the small publisher Pressed Wafer, which specializes in poetry broadsides, chapbooks and books.[2]

Corbett has edited the letters of James Schuyler and published two memoirs: Philip Guston’s Late Work: A Memoir (1994) and Furthering My Education (1997). He writes frequently on art, and in 1999 published a book on the sculptor John Raimondi. Corbett has been a member of the CUE Art Foundation's Advisory Council since the Foundation opened its doors in 2003. He lived in Boston’s South End for most of his adult life, but recently moved to Brooklyn, New York. Corbett has served as the poetry editor of Grand Street and frequently submitted work to local Boston newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix, for which he contributed book reviews. He currently teaches at New York University.[3]

He is married and has two daughters.

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Library of Congress Authorities". LCNAF Cataloging in Publication data - LC Control Number: n 89103068. LOC. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://pressedwafer.com/about/
  3. ^ "William Corbett". NYU Gallatin. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Book Distributor's Page for "The Whalen Poem". Small Press Distribution. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 

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