Professor Emeritus Aaron Shurin

Aaron Shurin

Professor Emeritus

Faculty Emeritus


Aaron Shurin is the author of fourteen books of poetry and prose, most recently The Blue Absolute, from Nightboat Books. Other works include: Flowers & Sky: Two Talks (Entre Rios Books, 2017), The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks (University of Michigan Press, 2015), and two books from City Lights: Citizen (poems, 2012) and King of Shadows (essays, 20008). His writing has appeared in over forty national and international anthologies, from The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry to Italy’s Nuova Poesia Americana: San Francisco, and has been supported by grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Arts Council, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. A pioneer in both LGBTQ+ studies and innovative verse, Shurin is the former director of the MFA Writing Program at USF.

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.


  • MA in Poetics, New College of California

Awards & Distinctions

  • California Arts Council Literary Fellowships in poetry (1989, 2002)

  • NEA fellowship

  • San Francisco Arts Commission fellowship in creative nonfiction (1995, 2005)

Selected Publications

  • A's Dream (1989)

  • Into Distances (1993)

  • The Paradise of Forms: Selected Poems (1999)

  • A Door (2000)

  • Involuntary Lyrics (2005)

  • Citizen (2012)

  • Unbound: A Book of AIDS(1997)

  • King of Shadows (2008)