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Irving Feldman (born September 22, 1928) is an American poet and professor of English.

Irving Feldman
Born (1928-09-22) September 22, 1928 (age 90)
OccupationPoet and Professor of English
ChildrenFernando Feldman


Academic careerEdit

Born and raised in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, Feldman worked as a merchant seaman, farm hand, and factory worker through his university education.[1] After an undergraduate education at the City College of New York (B.A., 1950), Feldman completed his Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in 1953.[1] His first academic appointments were at the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Lyon in France. Returning to the continental United States in 1958, he taught at Kenyon College until 1964, when he was appointed professor of English at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where he was eventually appointed Distinguished Professor of English; he retired from teaching in 2004.

Published worksEdit

  • Works and Days (1961)
  • The Pripet Marshes (1965)
  • Magic Papers (1970)
  • Lost Originals (1972)
  • Leaping Clear (1976)
  • New and Selected Poems (1979)
  • Teach Me, Dear Sister (1983)
  • All of Us Here (1986)
  • The Life and Letters (1994)
  • Beautiful False Things: Poems (2000)
  • Collected Poems, 1954-2004 (2004)

Awards and honorsEdit

Irving Feldman has received a number of accolades for his poetry which include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Institute of Arts & Letters award, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship,[2] Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts grant.[3] In 1992 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.[4]


  1. ^ a b Wheatcroft, John (March 1991). Our other voices: Nine poets speaking. Bucknell University Press. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-8387-5196-1.
  2. ^ "Irving Feldman". Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Irving Feldman". Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "MacArthur Fellows - July 1992". John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Archived from the original on January 16, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2011.