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Name  A. Jordan

Role  Poet
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Education  Warren Wilson College (1998), Howard University (1990), Wittenberg University
Awards  Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Whiting Awards, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Nominations  NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry
Books  M‑A‑C‑N‑O‑L‑I‑A, Quantum lyrics, The Cineaste: Poems, The Homesteader

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A. Van Jordan (born 1965, Akron, Ohio) is an American poet. He is Collegiate Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan and distinguished visiting professor at Ithaca College. He previously served as the first Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at the Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of four collections: Rise (2001), M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2005), Quantum Lyrics (2007), and The Cineaste (2013). Jordan's awards include a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


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Early life

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Jordan graduated from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio in 1987 with a BA in English Literature. He graduated from Howard University, 1990, with an MA in Organizational Communications. He graduated from Warren Wilson College, 1998, with an MFA, and he also holds an MFA in Film Screenwriting from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2016. He lived in Washington, D.C. from 1988 to 2002.


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Jordan is the author of four collections. Rise (Tia Chucha Press, 2001) won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times; Quantum Lyrics (2007); and The Cineaste (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013). In 2013 he published a chapbook called The Homesteader.

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Jordan taught at Warren Wilson College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at Austin, where he was tenured as an Associate Professor, and as professor at the University of Michigan. In 2014, he became Rutgers University-Newark's first Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor, before returning to the University of Michigan in 2017. His academic interests include the writing of poetry, the history of poetry in English, and cinematic studies.

His work has appeared in Ploughshares, and Callaloo amongst other publications.


  • 2004 Whiting Award
  • 2005 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
  • 2006 Pushcart Prize XXX
  • 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2008 United States Artist Williams Fellowship
  • 2015 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry
  • Works

  • "Einstein Defining Special Relativity"; "Einstein Ruminates on Relativity", Reading Between A&B
  • Poetry

  • Rise (Tia Chucha Press, 2001)
  • M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (W. W. Norton & Company, 2004)
  • Quantum Lyrics (W. W. Norton & Company, 2007)
  • The Cineaste (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013)
  • Essays

  • "The Synchronicity of Scenes". Cortland Review. Winter 2007. 
  • Personal life

    Jordan is married to Shirley Collado, a professor of psychology and president of Ithaca College.


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