Skip to main content
Photo of Alan Shapiro, taken by Sarah Boyd



Alan Shapiro has published many books of poetry and prose, including Reel to Reel, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Night of the Republic, finalist for both the National Book Award and the International Griffin Prize, The Dead Alive and Busy, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, and Mixed Company, winner of the LA Times Book Prize. His new books of poetry, Proceed to Check Out, and By and By, will be published in 2022 and 2023 respectively. He now lives in Durham, NC, will his dog Sammy.


1974, BA, Brandeis University


Proceed to Check Out, Chicago, 2022

Against Translation, Chicago, 2019

Reel to Reel, Chicago, 2016

Night of the Republic, Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt, 2012

Vigil (a memoir), Chicago, 1997


Guggenheim Fellowship

Two National Endowment for the Arts Awards in poetry

A Writer’s Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Kingsley Tufts Award

William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America