Jay Rogoff is the author of six books of poetry. His latest full-length collection, ENAMEL EYES, A FANTASIA ON PARIS, 1870 (LSU Press, 2016), a lyrical sequence with the breadth and depth of a historical novel, considers the events of "the terrible year" through multiple perspectives. The Franco-Prussian War, the siege of Paris, and the Commune come alive through the eyes and voices of a variety of historical figures who witnessed and participated in the events, including artists such as Degas, Manet, Bonheur, and Tissot, and the creators and fictional characters of the ballet COPPELIA, which premiered in May of that year.
VENERA, a consideration of the varieties of love, sacred and profane, was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2014. 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.
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 is at work on a collection of new and selected poems, tentatively titled LOVING IN TRUTH.