Soldofsky, Alan D

Soldofsky, Alan D

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Director of Creative Writing
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature




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Alan Soldofsky directs the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English & Comparative Literature, and is the coordinator of the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing. His field is contemporary poetry and poetics. As a poet, critic, and literary programs organizer, he has been active in the Bay Area poetry community since 1973.


  • Master of Fine Arts, Univ Of Iowa, 1972


Alan Soldofsky is the author of the poetry colleciton, In the Buddha Factory, from Truman State University Press. He is also co-editor with poet David Koehn of Compendium: A Collection of Thoughts on Prosody by Donald Justice. In addition he has published three chapbooks of poems: Kenora Station, Staying Home, and most recently a chapbook that includes a selection of poems by his son, the poet Adam Soldofsky, Holding Adam / My Father's Books. He has published poems widely in magazines and academic journals including: The Antioch Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Greensboro Review, Grand Street, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Nation, The North American Review, and Poetry East. His poems have three times been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has also contributed essays on modern and contemporary poets to a variety of journals. His articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews have appeared widely in periodicals including Chelsea, Narrative, Poetry Flash, Quarry West, and The Writer's Chronicle. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at San Jose State University where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.