School of the Arts Faculty
Peter Jay Shippy was born in Niagara Falls, New York and was raised on his family's apple farm, on the shore of Lake Ontario. His first book, Thieves' Latin won the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize. About Thieves, Bin Ramke, the editor of The Denver Quarterly wrote: "Shippy's strange little machines of words are all kinetic, disturbing, and weirdly graceful, unlike anything else available in American poetry."
Work from his second book, Alphaville (BlazeVOX Books, 2005), received a Gertrude Stein award for Innovative American poetry. How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic (Rose Metal Press), a novel-in-verse, was published in 2007. Publishers Weekly wrote: "This is ambitious work that manages to be frequently dynamic." Shippy has been awarded writing fellowships in poetry and drama from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poetry, essays and plays have been published in numerous journals, including The American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Ploughshares, among others. He lives with his wife and twin daughters in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.