A. E. Stallings



A.E. Stallings is an American poet who studied Classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford.  She has published three collections of poetry, Archaic SmileHapax, and Olives, and a verse translation (in rhyming fourteeners!) of Lucretius, The Nature of Things.  


She has received a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.  She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She speaks and lectures widely on a variety of topics, and has been a regular faculty member at the West Chester Poetry Conference and the Sewanee Summer Writers' Conference.


Having studied in Athens, Georgia, she now lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, the journalist, John Psaropoulos, and their two argonauts, Jason and Atalanta.




"[O]ne of the strongest talents to emerge in recent years."

Poetry Magazine


"A. E. Stallings is not a perfect poet but a poet of perfection, with the patience and courage to bring to her poems what American poetry so rarely knows how to give, and American readers hardly dare to receive; lapidary finish of both form and reading." 


The Yale Review


"The most gifted formalist of her generation . . . There are haters of such pleasures, to be sure; they are legion. But I think the poetry of A. E. Stallings will outlast them."


The Hudson Review


[of Lucretius,  The Nature of Things] "One of the most extraordinary classical translations of recent times."


Peter Stothard, TLS





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