Piotr Gwiazda

Piotr Gwiazda is Associate Professor of English. He received his bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University and his doctorate from New York University. His teaching and research interests include US literature and culture, intertextuality studies, modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, world literature, literary translation, and creative writing.


Dr Gwiazda is the author of James Merrill and W.H. Auden: Homosexuality and Poetic Influence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). His articles and reviews have appeared in Chicago Review, Contemporary Literature, Jacket, Journal of Modern Literature, PN Review, Times Literary Supplement, and other journals. He has also published two books of poems, Messages (Pond Road Press, 2012) and Gagarin Street (WWPH, 2005). His translation of Grzegorz Wróblewski’s volume of prose poems Kopenhaga is forthcoming from Zephyr Press.


Dr Gwiazda has received grants and fellowships from the PEN American Center (Translation Fund), the National Humanities Center (Summer Institute in Literary Studies), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities. In the fall of 2008 he was Writer-in-Residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut.


Currently on leave from UMBC, he is Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh.