Sadoff, Ira (1945 - )

Genre: General Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly, Poetry, Short Stories

Poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, and teacher Ira Sadoff lives in Hallowell.

Sadoff is Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature at Colby College, where he's taught since 1977.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on 7 March 1945, raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, earned a B.A. from Cornell University in industrial and labor relations (1966) and an M.F.A. in 1968 from the University of Oregon. He taught at Hobart & Smith Colleges (NY), Antioch College, and Hampshire College before Colby, and co-founded the mostly poetry Seneca Review in 1970 with James Crenner.

Sadoff won the Poetry Society of America George Bogin Memorial Award in 1996 and the American Poetry Review Jerome J. Shestack Prize in 1997. His article on neo-formalism appears in the Jan/Feb 1990 issue of American Poetry Review.

Selected Bibliography

  • Settling Down (1975)
  • Palm Reading in Winter (1978)
  • Maine: Nine Poems (1981)
  • Uncoupling (1982) (a novel)
  • A Northern Calendar (1982)
  • Emotional Traffic: Poems (1989/90)
  • An Ira Sadoff Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose (1992)
  • Grazing: Poems (1998)
  • Barter (2003)