Bio note for Stephen Rodefer


Educated at Amherst College, with graduate degrees from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo and from San Francisco State University, the American writer STEPHEN RODEFER, who lives in Paris, is the author of One or Two Love Poems from the White World, VILLON by Jean Calais, The Bell Clerk's Tears Keep Flowing, Four Lectures (which was a winner of the American Poetry Center’s Annual Book Award), Oriflamme Day (with Ben Friedlander), Emergency Measures, Passing Duration, Leaving, Erasures, Left Under A Cloud, and Mon Canard, among other titles.

His essay on canon-formation, "The Age in its Cage: A Note to Mr Mendelssohn on the Sociologic Allegory of Literature and the Deformation of the Canonymous", appears in a recent issue of Chicago Review, and that literary journal will publish a special issue on his work in 2008. Rodefer’s selected poems, Call It Thought, will be published by Carcanet in the UK next year, and his collected essays, The Monkey’s Donut, are to appear from Kollophon in the UK also in 2008.

In addition to Villon, Rodefer has published translations of Sappho, selections from the Greek Anthology, Catullus, Lucretius, Dante, Baudelaire, Rilke, Frank O’Hara and the Cuban poet Noel Nicola.

His graphic work, LANGUAGE PICTURES, has been exhibited in recent years in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris and Prague.

He is presently translating Baudelaire for a collection to be published next year, titled Baudelaire OH/Fever Flowers: Les fleurs du val.