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Andrew Osborn, Ph.D.

Andrew Osborn received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his Ph.D. from UT-Austin. His research interests include poetic difficulty, formalism, and lyric theory. 


  • A.B., Harvard University
  • M.F.A., University of Iowa - Writers' Workshop
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Recent Courses

  • Literary Tradition I (Iliad, Odyssey; Aeneid; Beowulf; Gawain)]
  • Literary Tradition II (Divine Comedy; Paradise Lost; Lyric )
  • Literary Tradition III (Fifth-century Athenian, Medieval, and Elizabethan drama)
  • Literary Tradition IV (Mansfield Park; Moby-Dick; Crime & Punishment; Go Down, Moses; short fiction)
  • Literary Study I: Lyric ("Junior Poet")
  • Literary Study II: Prose Fiction
  • Twentieth-Century Literature
  • Twentieth-Century Poetry by the Book
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Narrative Fiction
  • Lyric Theory
  • Modern Irish Poetry
  • Marilynne Robinson:  Novels & Essays of American Mindfulness
  • American Literature

Research Interests

  • Lyric Poetry and Theory
  • Literary Difficulty
  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Pragmatism and Ordinary Language Philosophy
  • The Sublime
  • Formalism
  • Creative Writing (Poetry)

Selected Publications

  • “John Keats (1795-1821 ce) & Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822 ce) at the Keats-Shelley House and the Cimitero Acattolico.” People and Places of the Roman Past: The Educated Traveler’s Guide. Ed. Peter Hatlie. Amsterdam: Arc Humanities. 2018. 28-41.
  • “Likings, Likenings, and the Push of Reading.”  Philological Review 40.2 (2014): 37-64.
  • “Difficulty.” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th Ed. Eds. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012. 364-66.
  • “Like Animals, Like Love.” Rev. of The Lions, by Peter Campion, Never-Ending Birds, by David Baker, and Horse and Rider, by Melissa Range. Spoon River Poetry Review 35.2 (2010): 94-123.
  • “Habits of Thought, Inhabitings of Possibility: An Interview with John Koethe.” Southwest Review 92.1 (2007): 52-81. 
  • “‘A Little Hard to See’: Wittgenstein, Stevens, and the Uses of Unclarity.” Wallace Stevens Journal 28.1 (2004): 59-80.
  • “August Kleinzahler: Interview.” Verse 17.2-3/18.1 (2001): 165-90. Rpt. in The Verse Book of Interviews: 27 Poets on Language, Craft & Culture. Amherst, Mass.: Verse, 2005. 30-55.
  • Admit Impediment:  The Use of Difficulty in Twentieth-Century American Poetry.  Diss. University of Texas at Austin, 2001. Ann Arbor: UMI, 2001. AAT 3008413.
  • “Skirmishes on the Border: The Evolution and Function of Paul Muldoon’s Fuzzy Rhyme.”Contemporary Literature 41.2 (2000): 323-58. Rpt. in Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form. Ed. Annie Finch and Susan M. Schultz (Textos, 2008): 259-303


  • Plato’s Aviary. Aldrich, 2003.
  • Poems published in American Letters & CommentaryBat City ReviewColorado ReviewColumbiaDenver QuarterlyErato, FenceGraham House ReviewLiterary Imagination, Notre Dame ReviewRamifySouthwest Review (Morton Marr Poetry Prize for 2008), and Spoon River Poetry Review. Also: online through the Blanton Poetry Project and Verse Daily.



  • “Graceful Errors, Lyric Yields.” Keynote Address. Wyoming Catholic College. Lander, WY. Dec. 2017.
  • “Full Fadom.” Convocation Address. U of Dallas, Church of the Incarnation. May 2016.
  • “Likings, Likenings, and the Push of Reading.” Keynote Address. Arkansas Philological Association Meeting. Little Rock, AR. Oct. 2014.


  • Rev. of Fast, by Jorie Graham. Chicago Review 62.1/2/3 (2019): 358-64. [Recommended by Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog] <>
  • Rev. of I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems 1960-2014, by Bill Knott. Chicago Review 60.4/61.1 (2017): 209-18. [Recommended by Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog]  <>
  • Rev. of Regions of Unlikeness: Explaining Contemporary Poetry, by Thomas Gardner, and Poetic Culture: Contemporary American Poetry Between Community and Institution, by Christopher Beach. Boston Review 26.1 (2001): 50-51. <>
  • Rev. of Swarm, by Jorie Graham. Boston Review 25.1 (2000): 56-58. < poetry/andrew-osborn-jorie-graham-swarm>
  • “Street-Smart Swagger and Tendresse.” Rev. of Green Sees Things in Waves, by August Kleinzahler. Notre Dame Review 10 (2000):  153-58.
  • “Poirier’s Latest Push.” Rev. of Trying It Out in America: Literary and Other Performances, by Richard Poirier. Iowa Review 30.1 (2000): 171-77.
  • Rev. of My Way: Speeches and Poems, by Charles Bernstein. Chicago Review 45.3/4 (1999): 173-77. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism 142. <>
  • Rev. of On a Stair, by Ann Lauterbach. Boston Review 23.6 (1998-99): 55-57.  <>