Gillian Conoley

Creative Writing (Poetry)

Office: Nichols 336 and Nichols 320 (Volt/Zaum Office)
Phone: (707) 664-3919

What I Do at SSU

I teach undergraduate and graduate Poetry Workshops, Cross-genre workshops, Directed Writing, Small Press Editing, Studies in Poetry, and a range of other courses including Literary Analysis, Gender in Literature, and Rogue Women Writers. I have a special interest in modern, postmodern and innovative poetry, feminism, cross-genre work, the history of the book, narrative, translation, and visual/verbal collaboration and innovation. I am editor and founder of Volt, SSU's nationally regarded literary magazine, and advisor to Zaum, SSU's award-winning student literary magazine. I direct Writers at Sonoma, an annual reading series presenting new and well-known writers to our students and the general public. Students may work as interns on either magazine or the reading series; I am interested in moving students out of the classroom and into the community and larger culture.


Gillian Conoley is the author of seven collections of poetry including The Plot Genie, Profane Halo, Lovers in the Used World, and Tall Stranger, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her new collection, Peace, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in spring 2014. Conoley’s work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award, and has been anthologized in more than 20 national and international anthologies, including W.W. Norton’s forthcoming Postmodern American Poetry (second edition), W.W. Norton’s American Hybrid, Counterpath’s Postmodern Lyricism, and Oscar Mondadori’s Nuova Poesia Americana.

Most recently she has translated Henri Michaux’s Four Hundred Men on the Cross, excerpts of which appear as a special supplement of the July/August 2012 issue of The American Poetry Review. Conoley's translations of three never-brought-into-English texts by Michaux, all of them pictorial/verbal explorations, will be published by City Lights in 2014, as #61 in their pocket series.

Conoley has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a BFA in Journalism from Southern Methodist University. She has taught as a Visiting Poet at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Denver, Vermont College MFA Program, Texas State University, and Tulane University. She has taught at SSU since 1994.

Recent Selected Publications/Achievements

PEACE, collection of poetry, Omnidawn Publishing, forthcoming 2014.

THE PLOT GENIE, collection of poetry, Omnidawn Publishing, 2009.

PROFANE HALO, collection of poetry, Wave Books, 2005.

Other books include: LOVERS IN THE USED WORLD. Collection of poetry. Finalist for Bay Area Book Award. Carnegie-Mellon University Press. 2001.

BECKON. Collection of poetry. Carnegie-Mellon University Press. 1996.

TALL STRANGER. Collection of poetry. Finalist National Book Critics' Circle Award. Carnegie-Mellon University Press. 1991.

SOME GANGSTER PAIN. Collection of poetry. Carnegie-Mellon University Press. 1987.

Recent Anthologies:

POSTMODERN AMERICAN POETRY, Second Edition, W.W. Norton, forthcoming, spring 2012.

AMERICAN HYBRID, W.W. Norton Anthology, 2009.

New poems from a manuscript in progress:

"Begins" in Conjunctions, 2012.

"A Hatchet With Which to Chop at the Frozen Seas Inside Us," "late democracy," and "Opened" in The Brooklyn Rail, May 2012.

Henri Michaux translation of FOUR HUNDRED MEN ON THE CROSS, excerpts in a special supplement of The American Poetry Review, July/August 2012.

Article on Volt being named one of country's top literary magazines