Richard Greenfield

photo_richard greenfieldBackground and Education:

Richard Greenfield was born in Hemet, California, spent his early childhood in Southern California, and later lived in the Pacific Northwest. He earned a BS in Arts & Letters (in English & Philosophy) from Portland State University (1996), an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana (1999), and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver (2005), where he was a Frankel Fellow.


He is the author of Tracer (Omnidawn 2009), which was a finalist for the Sawtooth Prize, and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California Press, 2003), which was named a Book Sense Top University Press pick. His work has been anthologized in Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry (Autumn House Press), The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Books), and most recently in Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean). His poetry has appeared in journals such as Boston Review, VOLT, Lana Turner, LIT, Five Fingers Review, and West Branch. He has published criticism on Anne Carson, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Marjorie Welish.

Teaching and Professional Experience:

Richard Greenfield began teaching at New Mexico State University in 2009. In 2010, he was a Bates College Learning Associate (2010). At NMSU he teaches graduate workshops in the MFA program as well as undergraduate courses in poetry. Recent courses have included seminars on the sonnet form, surrealism, the grotesque, hybridism, somatics, ecopoetics, and post-World War II American poetics. From 2011-2013 he was the director of the creative writing program at NMSU. He is one of the founding editors of Apostrophe Books, a small press of poetry, which began publishing books in 2007. He also teaches community workshops in Las Cruces, such as at Desert Writers, and he is founder of a community outreach poetry workshop—the Arroyo Poetry Group.

Contact: or 575-646-3931

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