Amy CatanzanoAmy Catanzano

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing


Director, Creative Writing Program

Co-Director, Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series


Office: C314 Tribble Hall
Phone: (336) 758-3366

(on Research Leave, Spring 2016)

Amy Catanzano is the author of two books of poetry and one cross-genre book of fiction and poetry. Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella (Noemi Press, 2014) received the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction. Multiversal (Fordham University Press, 2009) was selected by Michael Palmer for Fordham University Press’ Poets Out Loud Prize and the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. Her first book of poetry, iEpiphany, was published by Anne Waldman’s independent press, Erudite Fangs Editions, in 2008. Her creative work has appeared widely in literary journals such as Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, and Fence. Her poetry has been anthologized in Naropa University’s commemoration of its 40th anniversary, Hydrogen Jukebox: 40 years of (Dis)Embodied Poetics, in Fence magazine’s A Best of Fence, and elsewhere. Her interests include poetry and poetics, cross-genre literature and experimental fiction, the intersections of poetry and science, ‘pataphysics, the literary avant-garde, and publishing. Her essays on poetry, science, and quantum poetics appear in Jacket2, Poems and Poetics, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. An assistant professor of English (Creative Writing, Poetry), the poet-in-residence, director of the Creative Writing Program, and co-director of the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series at Wake Forest University, she teaches undergraduate and graduate poetry workshops. Prior to teaching at Wake Forest she taught in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa, where she also served as the administrative director of the Writing and Poetics Department and the managing editor of the literary journal.


MFA Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa

BA Colorado State University

Areas of Interest

Poetry and poetics

Cross-genre and cross-cultural texts

The intersections of poetry and science


History of the literary avant-garde

Publishing and literary journals

Selected Publications 


Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella (Noemi Press, 2014)

Multiversal (Fordham University Press, 2009)

iEpiphany (Erudite Fangs Editions, 2008)

Chapbooks and pamphlets

Let There Be Love (Spacecraft Press, 2015)

the heartbeat is a fractal (Ahadada Books, 2008)

Literary journals

Individual poems, works of fiction, and cross-genre works are published in print and online literary journals including Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, Web Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Interim Magazine, Laurel Review, New American Writing, POETBOOK: An Illuminated Project, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, Truck, Poems and Poetics, Volt: A Journal of the Arts, and Washington Square Review.

On Poetry and Science

2015: Quantum Poetics Commentary Series

This commentary series by Amy Catanzano on “Quantum Poetics” for Jacket2, the University of Pennsylvania’s journal of modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, presents 17 short essays on the intersections of poetry and science. A reprinting of M. NourbeSe Philip’s “Black W/Holes: A History of Brief Time” and a discussion on poetry and science between Catanzano and Andrew Joron are also presented.

2012: Like A Metaphor: Ongoing Relations Between Poetry and Science

“Like a Metaphor,” Gilbert Adair’s feature in Jacket2 on poetry and science, comes together as a response to a podcast on Louis Zukofsky’s Anew. Collecting poems, critiques, and dialogues between eleven poets who share an interest in science—Rae Armantrout, Amy Catanzano, John Cayley, Tina Darragh, Marcella Durand, Allen Fisher, James Harvey, Peter Middleton, Evelyn Reilly, and Joan Retallack—this feature explores how scientific discourse might be incorporated by poets not simply as a source of metaphor but as an independent discipline.

2009-2011: Quantum Poetics: Writing the Speed of Light

“Quantum Poetics: Writing the Speed of Light” is Amy Catanzano’s four-part essay on quantum poetics published from 2009 to 2011 by Jerome Rothenberg in Poems and Poetics.

Selected Awards and Honors

2016: Archie Fund for the Arts and Humanities grant from Wake Forest University in support of travel to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and related creative and scholarly research

2014: Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella is included by Alastair Brotchie in the permanent collection of the ‘Pataphysical Museum at The London Institute of ‘Pataphysics

2012: Noemi Press Book Award in Fiction for Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella

2010: PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry for Multiversal

2007-2008: Fordham University, Poets Out Loud Prize for Multiversal, selected by Michael Palmer

Selected Recent Interviews

 2015: Impossible Poems at Invisible Scales

 2015: Quick Question Commentary Series

 2014: Entropy Magazine

Types of Courses Taught at WFU

CRW 285 Poetry Workshop

CRW 383/683 Theory and Practice of Poetry Writing

CRW 286 Short Story Workshop

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