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Stephen Yenser (born 1941, Wichita, Kansas, United States) is an American poet and literary critic who has published three acclaimed volumes of verse, as well as books on James Merrill, Robert Lowell, and an assortment of contemporary poets. With J.D. McClatchy, he is co-literary executor of the James Merrill estate and co-editor of six volumes of Merrill's work.
Yenser graduated from the University of Wisconsin, studying with James Merrill in 1967 on one of the rare occasions when the poet taught. Merrill dedicated to Yenser his final, posthumous collection, A Scattering of Salts (1995).
His work has appeared in Paris Review, Poetry, Southwest Review, Yale Review, "The New Yorker," and many other magazines. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Melissa Berton and daughter Helen.
- Appearances in BEST AMERICAN POETRY anthologies 1992, 1995, 2011
- 1992 Walt Whitman Award. selected by Richard Howard
- "Discovery"/The Nation Award
- Fulbright Teaching Fellowships to Greece and France
- Ingram Merrill Foundation Award in Poetry
- Pushcart Prize
- B. F. Connors Prize for Poetry from the Paris Review.
- Harvey L. Eby Teaching Award at UCLA
- Stone Fruit(Waywiser Press, 2016), poetry 93 pages, ISBN 978-1-904130-81-9
- Blue Guide (University of Chicago Press, 2006), poetry, 96 pages, ISBN 978-0226951355
- The Fire in All Things (LSU Press, 1993), poetry, 64 pages, ISBN 978-0807118283
- The Book of Ephraim (annotated ed) (Knopf, 2018) ISBN 978-1-5247-1134-4 (paperback)
- A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large (University of Michigan Press, 2002), Poets on Poetry Series, 256 pages, ISBN 978-0472112784
- The Consuming Myth: The Work of James Merrill (Harvard University Press, 1987), 384 pages, ISBN 978-0674166158
- Circle to Circle: The Poetry of Robert Lowell (University of California Press,1976), 370 pages, ISBN 978-0520027909
- James Merrill (2008). J. D. McClatchy (ed.). Selected Poems. Random House. ISBN 978-0-375-71166-4.
- James Merrill (2006). J. D. McClatchy (ed.). The Changing Light at Sandover. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-679-74736-9.
- James Merrill (2003). J. D. McClatchy (ed.). Collected Novels and Plays. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-375-71083-4.
- James Merrill (2002). J. D. McClatchy (ed.). Collected Poems. Knopf. ISBN 978-0375411397.
- "Variations (for Three Old Saws)". Slate. May 1, 2012.
- Paul N. Courant; Ann Kjellberg; J. D. McClatchy; Edward Mendelson; Margo Viscusi; Tappan Wilder; Stephen Yenser (March 26, 2009). "Google & Books: An Exchange". The New York Review of Books. 56 (5).
- "Musing". Best American Poetry. February 10, 2009.
- "UCLA". Spotlight.ucla.edu. Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-06-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "August 1989 - Poetry Magazine". Poetry Foundation. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
- "Stephen Yenser". Pw.org. Retrieved 26 December 2017.