Sherod Santos

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Sherod Santos (born September 9, 1948 in Greenville, South Carolina) is an American poet, essayist, translator and playwright.[1] His newest poetry collection, Square Inch Hours (W.W. Norton) was published in 2017. His work has appeared in The New Yorker,[2] The Paris Review,[3] The Nation,[4] Poetry, The Royal Court Theatre, Proscenium Theatre Journal, American Poetry Review, and The New York Times Book Review. His plays have been produced at the Algonquin Theatre in New York City, The Side Project in Chicago, the Brooklyn International Theatre Festival, and the Flint Michigan Play Festival. He wrote the settings for the Sappho poems in the CD Magus Insipiens, composed by Paul Sanchez and sung by soprano Kayleen Sanchez.

His many honors and awards include an Academy Award for Literary Excellence from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in the Humanities, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize. He was also a finalist for The New Yorker Book Award in Poetry, The National Book Critics Circle Award, and The National Book Award. From 1990 to 1998 he served as external examiner and poet-in-residence at the Poets' House outside Belfast, Northern Ireland.

He lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he works in an outreach program for the homeless.

Honors and awards

Published works

Full-Length Poetry Collections

Essay Collections



  • Follow the Leader. Produced at The Side Project, Chicago, IL, 2016.
  • Lives of the Pigeons. Produced at The Side Project, Chicago, IL, 2013
  • Star. Produced at Algonquin Theatre, New York City, 2010
  • Coffee Shop. Produced as part of Flint Michigan Play Festival, 2010


  1. ^ International Who's Who in Poetry 2004. Taylor & Francis. 2004. ISBN 978-1-85743-178-0. 
  2. ^ "Page not found - The New Yorker". Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
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  4. ^ "Home | The Nation". Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  5. ^ "Sherod Santos - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Archived from the original on 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 

External links

  • Audio: Sherod Santos reads Variation on a Theme (I) from The Intricated Soul
  • Poems: Slate Magazine > May 6, 2008 > A Place in Maine by Sherod Santos
  • Poems: Poetry Society of America > The Book of Blessings by Sherod Santos at the Library of Congress Web Archives (archived 2002-09-14)
  • Poem: Poetry Foundation > from Elegy for My Sister by Sherod Santos
  • Poem: Valpariso Poetry Review > A Writer's Life by Sherod Santos
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