MFA in Writing — Emeriti — AS
Aaron  Shurin

Aaron Shurin

Emeritus Professor

The author of eleven books of poetry and prose, Aaron Shurin is a recipient of California Arts Council Literary Fellowships in poetry (1989, 2002), and fellowships from the NEA and San Francisco Arts Commission in creative nonfiction (1995, 2005). He has taught extensively in the fields of American poetry and poetics, contemporary and classical prosody, improvisational techniques in composition, and the personal essay. His own work is framed by the innovative traditions in lyric poetry as they extend the central purpose of the Romantic Imagination: to attend the world in its particularities, body and soul. "Poetry remains for me an act of investigation, by which the imagination makes itself visible in a real world - and through which the inhabitants of that realer world become dimensional."


M.A. in Poetics, New College of California.

Poetry: A's Dream (1989), Into Distances (1993), The Paradise of Forms: Selected Poems (1999), A Door (2000), Involuntary Lyrics (2005), and Citizen (2012). Essays: Unbound: A Book of AIDS (1997), King of Shadows (2008).

Click here to listen to Aaron Shurin read new poetry.
Click here to listen to Aaron Shurin read from King of Shadows.

Click here to read Reginald Shepherd's essay on Shurin's poetry.
Click here to read the San Francisco Chronicle review of The Paradise of Forms.