Faculty and Staff

Timothy Liu

Professor • Department of English

Timothy Liu is a Professor of English. He is the author of twelve books of poems, including VOX ANGELICA (1992 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America); SAY GOODNGHT (1999 Open Book Beyond Margins Award from PEN America; OF THEE I SING (2004 Publishers Weekly Book-of-the-Year); and LUMINOUS DEBRIS: NEW AND SELECTED LEGERDEMAIN (1992-2017), a finalist for Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library.

Professional Interests

Contemporary Poetry & Poetics. Queer Studies. Occult Esoterica.

Other Interests

Mycology. Long-Distance Running.

Mandarin  Cantonese  French  Italian 



Creative Writing; Contemporary Literature.

Representative Publications

Let It Ride: Poems; Philadelphia, PA; Saturnalia Books; 2019

Representative Presentations

First Generation American Poets
AWP Conference Associated Writing Programs
Tampa, FL 2018

Second Reading of Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman 200 Poetry Society of America
Brooklyn, NY 2019

Post-Mormons & Carpal Tunnel: Writing the Way Out
Sunstone Symposium
Sandy, UT 2019

Awards and Honors

Best of 2019 Poetry Books
Entropy Magazine

Thom Gunn Award Finalist
Publishing Triangle


Episode 345: The Lovers by Timothy Liu
Former U.S. Poet Laureate's nationally syndicated radio show podcast.

Poets House Presents: Timothy Liu
Lunch hour poetry reading.

Notable Courses Taught

ENG 1500 Experiences in Literature
ENG 3390 Poetry Writing Seminar
ENG 4920 Writing Capstone
ENG 6230 Graduate Poetry Writing Seminar
ENG 6240 Graduate Contemporary Poetry Writing Seminar

339 Preakness Hall

MW 9-930 am; T 4-6pm