Peter Streckfus

Peter Streckfus

Peter Streckfus

Associate Professor


Peter Streckfus is the author of two poetry books: Errings, winner of Fordham University Press’s 2013 POL Editor’s Prize, and The Cuckoo, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2003. His awards include fellowships and grants from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, the Peter S. Reed Foundation, the University of Alabama, George Mason University, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy in Rome, where he a Brodsky Rome Prize Fellow In Literature.

He and Sally Keith are editorial co-directors of Poetry Daily

His new poems can be found in recent and forthcoming issues of Bennington Review, Image, Poem-A-Day, Ploughshares, The Adroit Journal, and Terrain. These poems come from an in-progress work titled “Netherlands,” a book about communal safety.

Photo © Don Usner.

Read an interview in which Peter speaks about teaching at GMU, here.

Read a story about Poetry Daily's work in the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center here.

Selected Publications


Errings. Fordham University Press (2014)

The Cuckoo. Yale University Press (2004)


"The Reader," "A Snail," "The Rabbits," "Anniversary," On the Seawall

"My Mother's Spider," Bennington Review

"Dussen Castle," Image

"Postdiluvian by Bosch," Image

"Second Level Window," Terrain

"Three Days," "Coppice," "Cicadas," On the Seawall

"Chorus," poem-a-day

"Summer Home," "A Crossing," "The Instrument," The Adriot Journal

"Little Songs," The Adroit Journal

"An Allegory," Bennington Review

"from Flood Myth," Blackbox Manifold

"Patrimony," "Heather Green," "Earth and Water," CURA

"The Lake and the Skiff," The Volta

"Time Ghazal." The New Republic

"Bildungsroman." The New Republic

"Purgatorio." The Academy of American Poets


"On 'An Allegory.'" Poetry Daily

"The New Mixed Form: An Introduction." The Volta

"On Czelsaw Milosz’s The Separate Notebooks." At Length

"Three Questions." Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook