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ABOUT A. E. Stallings

A. E. Stallings, born in 1968, is an American poet who has lived in Athens, Greece since 1999.  She studied Classics at the University of Georgia (in Athens, Georgia), and later at Oxford University (where she was at Lady Margaret Hall). 

She has published four collections of poetry, Archaic Smile (which won the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award), Hapax (recipient of the Poets’ Prize), Olives, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Like, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Her translation of Lucretius (into rhyming fourteeners), The Nature of Things came out from Penguin Classics in 2009, and was called by Peter Stothard in the TLS “One of the most extraordinary classical translations of recent times.”  She has also published a translation of Hesiod’s Works and Days (Penguin Classics, 2018). Her most recent translation is the pseudo-Homeric The Battle Between the Frogs and the Micean illustrated edition from Paul Dry Books--with illustrations by Grant Silverstein--and an introduction by the elusive A. Nony Mouse. 

She has received a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (US), and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and United States Artists., as well as a grant from the MacArthur foundation  She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Her work is widely anthologized, and has been included in many editions of the Best American Poetry, and in the Best of the Best American Poetry (ed. Robert Pinsky).  Her poems appear in The Atlantic Monthly, The Beloit Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The New Yorker, Poetry , Poetry Magazine (Chicago), Poetry Review, the London Review of Books, and the TLS, among others.  She also contributes essays and reviews to the American Scholar, the Hudson Review, Parnassus, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Review, the TLS, and the Yale Review.  She did a stint of regular blogging at Harriett, the Poetry Foundation blog.

Stallings has been a regular faculty member at the Sewanee Summer Writers Workshop, and taught for many years at the West Chester Poetry Conference and Poetry by the Sea.  She has delivered the prestigious Messenger lectures at the University of Cornell, the Gilbert Murray Triennial lecture, and the Parry classics lecture at Yale. She speaks on a variety of topics at conferences and universities, in the UK, Greece, and the US.


She is married to the journalist, John Psaropoulos; they have two children, Jason and Atalanta.

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