W.S. Di Piero


San Francisco, CA 94117

Author's Bio

W. S. Di Piero is the author of nine books of poetry, the most recent being Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems (Knopf, 2007). He’s also a well-known essayist on art, literature, culture, and personal experience. His fourth collection of essays, City Dog, was published in 2008. He writes a regular column on the visual arts for the San Diego Reader and has contributed catalog essays for gallery and museum exhibitions. He’s been a frequent contributor to Poetry, Threepenny Review, and Poetry, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, and other periodicals. His books include three other collections of essays -- Memory and Enthusiasm; Out Of Eden; and Shooting the Works – and translations from Greek and Italian.

Publications & Prizes

Brother Fire (Knopf, 2004)
Skirts and Slacks (Knopf, 2001)
Shooting the Works (Triquarterly Books, 1996)
Shadows Burning (Triquarterly Books, 1995)
The Restorers (University of Chicago Press, 1992)
Out of Eden (University of California Press, 1991)
The Dog Star (University of Massachusetts Press, 1989)
Memory and Enthusiasm: Essays 1975-1985 (Princeton University Press, 1987)
Early Light (University of Utah Press, 1985)
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Di Piero has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, an Ingram-Merrill Award, a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Last update: Jun 04, 2009