Walter Holland, Ph.D., is the author of three books of poetry A Journal of the Plague Years: Poems 1979-1992 (Magic City Press, 1992), Transatlantic, (Painted Leaf Press, 2001), and Circuit (Chelsea Station Editions, 2010). He also is the author of the novel, The March (Masquerade Books, 1996) which was reissued in 2011 by Chelsea Station Editions. His dissertation on American gay poetry since World War II received the 1998 Paul Monette Award from The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York. His article, “The Calamus Root: American Gay Poetry 1945 to the Present,” was featured in The Journal of Homosexuality. A subsequent article, “In the Body’s Ghetto,” appears in A Sea of Stories: Gay and Lesbian Narratives in the Twentieth Century. He is a graduate of Bard College with a B.A. in Dance and Literature. In addition, he holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from City College, where he studied under Ann Lauterbach. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the City University of New York, The Graduate Center. He has studied poetry privately with William Matthews, Alfred Corn, Nancy Schoenberger and Grace Schulman.


He was the keynote speaker at the First Annual Provincetown Poetry Festival in March, 1999. In January 1996 he received honorable mention in poetry for the 1995 David Lindahl Memorial Prize for Poetry, sponsored by The James White Review. He has taught American Poetry at the New School in New York City and taught poetry at G.M.H.C. He lives in New York City. He currently writes book reviews for Lambda Literary journal on-line and for Pleiades.


His short stories have been published in Art and Understanding, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, and the anthology Rebel Yell.  A memoir piece appears in Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Writing About Their Mothers (Painted Leaf Press, 2000).  His poetry credits include Antioch Review, Art and Understanding, Barrow Street, Bay Windows, Body Positive, Christopher Street, Chiron Review, The Cream City Review, Found Object, HazMat, Men’s Style, Pegasus, Phoebe,  Poets for Life:76 Poets Respond to AIDS, Redivider, Rhino, The George Mason Review, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian  Review , The James White Review, The Literary Review, The Piedmont Literary Review, Provincetown Magazine, and William and Mary Review. His work has been featured on B.B.C. Radio.  Poems have also appeared in the British anthology of AIDS poetry, Jugular Defences: an AIDS Anthology (The Oscars Press of London), and The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (Columbia University Press).


He co-wrote the book and lyrics with composer Ted Kociolek for The Age of Innocence: An American Romance, a musical based on the novel by Edith Wharton. Read more.

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