Geoffrey Nutter is originally from California but has lived in New York for many years. He has published six books: A Summer Evening (winner of the Colorado Prize, 2001); Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (winner of the Verse Prize, 2005); Christopher Sunset (winner of the 2011 Sheila Motton Book Award); The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013); Cities at Dawn (Wave Books, 2016), and Giant Moth Perishes (Wave Books, 2021) and his work has also appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Granta, and New York Review of Books. Geoffrey studied poetry at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize by Mark Strand, and has taught poetry classes at Princeton University, The New School, New York University, Columbia University School of the Arts, the 92nd Street Y in NYC, and was a visiting professor at the University of Iowa in 2011. He has also taught poetry-writing to children in Harlem, the Bronx, China, and Paris. Geoffrey has collaborated with many artists, including the composers Brent Arnold and Brandon Scott Rumsey and the artist David Scher. He recently traveled in China, visiting universities and schools and giving lectures, workshops, and readings as a participant in the Sun Yat-sen University Writers’ Residency. Geoffrey’s poems have been translated into Spanish, French, Russian, and Mandarin. Soir d’été, a bilingual edition of his poems translated into French by poets Molly Lou Freeman and Julien Marcland, was recently published in France, and his book Water’s Leaves & Other Poems is being translated into German.
Geoffrey is a dedicated teacher, deeply committed to sharing with students the broad imaginative possibilities of poetry, to exploring how poets look at the world in and through their poems, and to helping aspiring poets see how poetry can reinterpret the world and build worlds.