Randall Couch


423 East Allens Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Author's Bio

Randall Couch's most recent book is Peal (Coracle Press, 2017). He edited and translated Madwomen: The 'Locas mujeres' Poems of Gabriela Mistral (University of Chicago Press, 2008), which won Britain's Popescu Prize for Poetry in Translation and was one of two finalists for the PEN Award for Poetry Translation. He is a frequent panelist on the podcast series PoemTalk sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, PennSound, and Kelly Writers House.

He has published essays and book chapters on Susan Stewart, Harryette Mullen, Ezra Pound, Gabriela Mistral and on ethics and reception in poetry translation. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best New Poets and The Hide-and-Seek Muse.

As Adjunct Professor of English at Arcadia University, he has taught advanced poetry writing and poetics since 2003. From 1989 he has served on the professional staff of the University of Pennsylvania. Trained as an art conservator, between 1980 and 1989 he held positions at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, U.T. Austin's Harry Ransom Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Publications & Prizes

The Hide-and-Seek Muse (Drunken Boat Media, 2013)
Best New Poets (Samovar Press, 2005)
Peal (Coracle, 2017)
Madwomen: The 'Locas mujeres' Poems of Gabriela Mistral (University of Chicago Press, 2008)
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Big Bridge
Cerise Press
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Spoon River Poetry Review
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Prizes won: 

London Review Bookshop reading guide A Decade of Poetry: Ten Years, Ten Books, 2013 (book of the year for 2009).

Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for Poetry in Translation 2009 (Poetry Society, U.K.)

Finalist, PEN Award for Poetry Translation 2009

Best New Poets Open Competition Prize 2005

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in Poetry 2000, 2008

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San Antonio, TX
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Last update: Sep 17, 2018