Barry Wallenstein

Barry Wallenstein is the author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent being At the Surprise Hotel and Other Poems [Ridgeway Press, 2016] and Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems [New York Quarterly Books, 2012].  His poetry has appeared in over 100 journals, including Ploughshares, The Nation, Centennial Review, and American Poetry Review. 

Among his awards are the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Prize, (l985), and Pushcart Poetry Prize Nominations, 2010, 2011. He has had resident fellowships at The Macdowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, Fundación Valparaiso in Spain and Casa Zia Lina on Elba, Italy.

A special interest is the presentation of poetry readings in collaboration with jazz.  He has made seven recordings of his poetry with jazz, the most recent being Lucky These Days, to be released by Cadence Jazz Records in April 2012A previous CD, Euphoria Ripens, was listed among the “Best New Releases” in the journal, All About Jazz (December 2008).

Barry is an Emeritus Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the City University of New York and an editor of the journal, American Book Review.  In his capacity as Professor of English at City College he founded and directed the Poetry Outreach Center, and for 35 years coordinated the all-inclusive citywide Annual Spring Poetry Festival. He remains an active advisor and participant in the program.