Paul Violi

Paul Violi (1944-2011). Courtesy Poets House.

Paul Randolph Violi (July 20, 1944 - April 2, 2011) was an American poet.[1]


Violi was born in Brooklyn, New York. He authored 11 books of poetry, including Splurge, Fracas, The Curious Builder, Likewise, and most recently Overnight. Violi was managing editor of The Architectural Forum from 1972 to 1974.[2] As chairman of the Associate Council Poetry Committee, he organized a series of readings at the Museum of Modern Art from 1974 to 1983. He also co-founded Swollen Magpie Press, which produced poetry chapbooks, anthologies, and a magazine called New York Times.[3]

His art book collaborations with Dale Devereux Barker, most recently Envoy: Life is completely interesting, have been acquired by major collections.[4] The expanded text of their first collaboration, Selected Accidents, Pointless Anecdotes, a collection of non-fiction prose, was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2002.

Violi died in Cortlandt Manor, New York, from cancer. At the time of his death, he was teaching in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and in the graduate writing program at the New School University.[5]


Awarded two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Violi also received The John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, and grants from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Poetry, The Fund for Poetry, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Ingram Merrill poetry Foundation, and New York Creative Artists Public Service Fund.



  • Automatic Transmissions. New York: Swollen Magpie Press, 1970.
  • Waterworks. Iowa City, IA: Toothpaste Press, 1972.
  • In Baltic Circles. New York: Kulchur Foundation, 1973.
  • Some Poems. Briarcliff, NY: Swollen Magpie Press, 1976.
  • Harmatan: Poem. New York: Sun, 1977.
  • American Express. Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK: Joe Soap's Canoe Publications, 1981.
  • Splurge: Poems. New York: Sun, 1981.
  • Likewise. Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 1988.
  • The Curious Builder. Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 1993.
  • Fracas. Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 1998.
  • The Hazards of Imagery. [Ipswich?], UK: Dale Devereux Barker, 1998.
  • Breakers: Selected poems. Minneapolis, MN: Coffee House Press, 2000.
  • Envoy: Life is completely interesting. Ipswich, UK: Dale Devereux Barker, 2005.
  • Overnight. Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 2007.
  • The Tame Magpie: New poems (edited by Charles North & Tony Towle). Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 2014.
  • Selected Poems, 1970-2007 (edited by Charles North & Tony Towle). Berkeley, CA: Rebel Arts, 2014.

Short fictionEdit

  • Selected Accidents, Pointless Anecdotes. Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 2002.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. Grimes, William (2011-04-15). "Paul Violi, a Poet Both Wry and Sly, Dies at 66". The New York Times. 
  2. Nelson, Cary. "Modern American Poetry: Paul Violi (1944- )". An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000). Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  3. "Paul Violi". Electronic Poetry Center (EPC). University at Buffalo. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  4. Devereux Barker, Dale. "Dale Devereux Barker > type of work > artists books". Retrieved 2009-08-12.  Template:Dead link
  5. Quattrone, Michael (July 2007). "Commedia Violi". Jacket Magazine (Sydney, Australia: John Tranter) (33). ISSN 1440-4737. Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  6. Search results = au:Paul Violi, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 5, 2015.

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