Jay Rogoff is the author of four books of poetry. THE ART OF GRAVITY, which focuses on the meaning of dance for our lives, appeared from LSU Press in 2011.
THE LONG FAULT (LSU Press, 2008) examines the impact of history and art upon the individual imagination; HOW WE CAME TO STAND ON THAT SHORE (River City, 2003) presents poems about immigrant experience and family history, as well as a dairy-farming epithalamion; and THE CUTOFF (Word Works, 1995), winner of the Washington Prize for Poetry, follows a minor-league ballplayer and his family through a crucial season. He has also published TWENTY DANSES MACABRE (Spring Garden, 2010), a letterpress chapbook that rings darkly comic changes on the ancient Dance of Death motif. His next full-length collection, VENERA, which examines love in a variety of forms, is forthcoming from LSU Press in 2014.
Born in Queens, New York, Rogoff was educated at the Bronx High School of Science (where studying with Hank Levy made him serious about writing poetry), the University of Pennsylvania, and Syracuse University. He has taught at Syracuse, LeMoyne College, and, since 1993, at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where he is Lecturer in English.
His poems and critical prose appear in many journals, including Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Hopkins Review, Literary Imagination, Notre Dame Review, Ploushshares, Poetry London, and The Southern Review. He serves as dance critic for The Hopkins Review, contributes regularly to Ballet Review, and covers the summer New York City Ballet season in Saratoga Springs for the local daily, The Saratogian. Recent prizes include the 2009 Robert Watson Poetry Award for TWENTY DANSES MACABRE and a 2010 Pushcart Prize.
Rogoff lives in Saratoga Springs and travels frequently to Europe with his wife, art historian Penny Jolly, with whom he also often retreats to the tranquillity and isolation of their Adirondack cabin. He has just completed ENAMEL EYES, a book-length poetic sequence about 1870 Paris--the Franco-Prussian War as seen through the lens of the ballet Coppelia--and is at work on a collection of poems tentatively titled LOVING IN TRUTH.