Alan Soldofsky


Department of English & Comparative Literature San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0090

Author's Bio

Alan Soldofsky most recent collection of poems is titled In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press, 2013). He has also published three poetry chapbooks: Kenora Station, Staying Home, and a chapbook that includes a selection of poems by his son, Adam Soldofsky, Holding Adam / My Father's Books. He was the recipient of a 2009 Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts from Arts Council Silicon Valley. His poems and criticism have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, The Greensboro Review, The Nation, The North American Review, Poem-a-Day (from the Academy of American Poets), Poetry Flash, Poetry East West, Rattle, The Rattling Wall, and The Writer's Chronicle among other publications. He directs the Creative Writing Program at San Jose State University where he is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He also has taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. He has been a contributing editor of Poetry Flash (the Bay Area poetry newsletter), a producer/host of literary programs at KPFA-FM, Berkeley, and editorial director of the Commonwealth Club of California weekly newsletter, serving under club president Amb. Shirley Temple Black. He grew up in Iowa City and received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.

Publications & Prizes

Motion: American Sports Poems (University of Iowa Press, 2017)
In the Buddha Factory (Truman State University Press, 2013)
American Rag
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Crab Orchard Review
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Grand Street
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Poetry East West
Poetry Flash
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The Nation
The Rattling Wall
The Writer's Chronicle
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Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, Arts Council of Silicon Valley (2009).

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Iowa City, IA
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Last update: May 24, 2016