Aaron Poochigian - poet & translator


Recipient of a 2010-11 NEA Grant

AARON POOCHIGIAN earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His thriller in verse, Mr. Either/Or, was released by Etruscan Press in the fall of 2017. A recipient of an NEA Grant in translation, he has published translations with Penguin Classics and W. W. Norton. His latest book American Divine, the winner of the Richard Wilbur Award, came out in 2021. His other poetry collections are Manhattanite (Able Muse Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Able Muse Book Award, and The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press, 2012). His work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, the Paris Review and POETRY.





Poochigian Reading on "Poetry in Public" Blog

Aw, there's a sweet blog post about my reading at "Poetry in Public":

"Whether you think about it or not, poetry is in our daily lives. I attended a poetry reading with visiting writer, Aaron Poochigian, at Thompson Library this past week. At first I really had no idea what to expect but as the reading concluded, I realized how poetry can impact us directly. . ."

Video of Poochigian reading from "The Cosmic Purr"

Here's video of someone who must be myself rocking "The Cosmic Purr" et al. at the UND Writers Conference earlier this year. The lovely and talented Dr. Heidi Czerwiec emceed the event:

Don't forget:

"Syllables rough and smooth enough to soothe and stir,
we are the deep massage, the cosmic purr."

"Cosmic Purr" review by Prof. Kevin Nenstiel

New Formalism and the Classical Contemporary Tradition
by Kevin L. Nenstiel, U of Nebraska-Kearney

Like his fellow classicist AE Stallings, Aaron Poochigian forms a bridge between the dead luminaries he translates, and today's introspective verse. He makes use of the ancient, somber forms so many readers love, but he applies them to a muscular contemporary poetic ethos. And though his verse is very new, addressing current concerns for a living audience, it has a lyric texture of something much older, with a robust Greco-Roman spine.