Dr. David Caplan
Office: Sturges 203
Poetry and Poetics, Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Professor Caplan is the Benjamin T. Spencer Professor of Literature and the Associate Director of Creative Writing. His scholarly interests include poetics and contemporary poetry. He published Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form (Oxford University Press 2004; paperback 2006) Poetic Form: An Introduction (Longman, 2006), and In the World He Created According to His Will (poems) (University of Georgia Press / VQR Poetry Series, 2010). His current projects are a monograph, Rhyme's Challenge (under contract to Oxford University Press), and a second poetry collection.
Professor Caplan serves as a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review and to Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, and an affiliated researcher (Chercheur Affilié) at the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Poétique Appliquée. Twice he has been a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Liège. He also was the National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics at The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. His other honors include the 2012 Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry, given to the best poem or group of poems that the Virginia Quarterly Review published during the year.
ENG 105, Freshman Writing Seminar
Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form (Oxford University Press, 2004; paperback edition, 2006)
reviews of Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form:
Poetic Form: An Introduction (Pearson Longman, 2006)
In the World He Created According to His Will (poems) (University of Georgia Press / VQR Poetry Series, 2010).
The Jerusalem Post praised In the World He Created as “where beauty and wisdom merge,” calling Caplan “one of those poets a culture discards at its peril.” “Caplan manages to turn the form inside out,” The Forward also observed, “while still creating a deeply spiritual meditation on nature, human relationships, and God.”
Rhyme’s Challenge (under contract, Oxford University Press)
Articles and poems in Virginia Quarterly Review, New Literary History, and Antioch Review, as well as in many edited collections of essays
In the Spring 2012 issue the Virginia Quarterly Review published a commissioned sequence of his poems, accompanied by photographs taken by Noah Rabinowitz, set at Tiferes Bachurim, a Lubavitch yeshiva in Morristown, New Jersey. Introducing the Morristown poems Stephen Burt
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