Peter Shippy

Peter Jay Shippy was born in Niagara Falls and raised north, on his family’s apple farm. He is the author of five books, including Thieves’ Latin, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Twice his work has appeared in the Best American Poetry series. Shippy has received a Gertrude Stein Award, two grants from the Massachusetts Arts Council, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  He has taught at Emerson College since 1987. About Peter’s work, John Yau wrote, “One day, not long ago, Meret Oppenheim walked past Edward Hopper in Paris, and an electric current passed between, and from that current was born Peter Jay Shippy.”


A Spell of Songs