Jeffrey Cyphers Wright


Author's Bio

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a publisher, critic, eco-activist, impresario, singer/songwriter, and artist, but he is best known as a New York School, New Romantic, Surrealist poet. He is author of 17 books of verse, including Blue Lyre from Dos Madres Press, Triple Crown, Sonnets from Spuyten Duyvil, and Party Everywhere from Xanadu. He recently completed a biography of the world's largest art gallery's founder, The Book of Albert, which was published by Park West. He also edited Over the Years, an anthology of oral histories from Harlem that was published by Teachers & Writers Collaborative. He graduated from West Virginia University where he was a student with his friend Jayne Anne Phillips. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College after studying with William Matthews and Allen Ginsburg (who wrote a forward for Wright's book Take Over.) For many years he published Cover Magazine, The Underground National. Currently he publishes Live Mag!, a journal of art and poetry. He recently produced a film highlighting his puppet shows called “Pandemic Puppet Jam,” on Youtube. Wright continues to produce literary events in conjunction with various publications and institutions including La Mama, E.T.C. and the New York Public Library.  He has possibly booked more readings at more venues than anyone ever. His lively presence as an MC has earned him the moniker Uncle Fun.


Publications & Prizes

Out Loud: Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Henry Holt, 1995)
Out of this World (Crown Publications, 1991)
Up Late (Four Walls Eight Windows Press, 1987)
Party Everywhere (Xanadu, 2019)
Blue Lyre (Dos Madres Press, 2018)
Triple Crown, Sonnets (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012)
The Name Poems (Sisyphus Press, 2010)
Exquisite Corpse
Pierogi Press
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Vanitas Magazine
Prizes won: 

Theater for the New City Poetry Contest Winner,

Kathy Acker Award Winner for Poetry and Publishing

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Ted Berrigan, Bob Kaufman, Marina Tsvetaeva, Sharon Mesmer, John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, Will Alexander, Jose Padua.
What I'm reading now: 
Retreat to a Safe Place by Hilary Mantel

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Born in: 
Wilmington, DE
Raised in: 
Buckhannon, WV
West Virginia
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Last update: Jul 21, 2021