Literary Lectures

Managing Family Life

And a Literary Career

Maxine Chernoff

Friday, April 22 2021 at 7:30 PM


Host: Frank Graham

J Sweeney

Maxine Chernoff talks about her life as a mother, grandmother, writer, editor, professor, and translator.

Maxine Chernoff has published 17 books of poetry and 6 works of fiction. Former chair of creative writing at SFSU, she coedited the journal “New American Writing” and its predecessor, “Oink!” She has received an NEA in poetry and the PEN Translation Award. In 2016 she was a visiting writer at the American Academy in Rome.

She was born on February 24, 1952, in Chicago and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, including Here (Counterpath, 2014), Without (Shearsman, 2012), and To Be Read in the Dark (Omnidawn, 2011). A fiction author and translator as well as a poet, Chernoff is also the author of six books of fiction and The Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn, 2008), which won the 2009 PEN Translation Award. With her husband, Paul Hoover, Chernoff founded and edited New American Writing. A recipient of the Carl Sandburg Award in Poetry, as well as fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Marin Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Chernoff currently serves as a professor and chair of the creative writing program at San Francisco State University. She lives in California.

Her Poetry:
Here (Counterpath, 2014)
Without (Shearsman, 2012)
To Be Read in the Dark (Omnidawn, 2011)
The Turning (Apogee Press, 2008)
Among the Names (Apogee Press, 2005)
Evolution of the Bridge (Salt Publications, 2004)
World: Poems, 1991–2001 (Salt Publications, 2001)
Leap Year Day: New & Selected Poems (Another Chicago Press, 1990)
Japan (Avenue B Press, 1988)
New Faces of 1952 (Ithaca House, 1985)
Utopia TV Store (The Yellow Press, 1979)
A Vegetable Emergency (Beyond Baroque, 1976)
The Last Auroch (The Now Press, 1976)

Her Translation of Poetry:
The Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn, 2008)