David Rivard

Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 301D, Durham, NH 03824
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David Rivard’s most recent book, Standoff, received the 2017 PEN New England Award in Poetry and was listed by The New Yorker in its “Books We Loved in 2016” roundup, where Major Jackson praised it for “its vivaciousness and cunning humor.” Rivard’s five other books include Torque, Otherwise Elsewhere, Sugartown, and Wise Poison, winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His first book, Torque, was the winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize in 1988, and his essays and poems appear in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, and many other magazines. Among numerous honors, he is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Civitella Ranieri (Italy), and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 he was recognized for both his poetry and teaching by the Folger Shakespeare Library, which awarded him the O.B. Hardison Poetry Prize.


  • M.F.A., English, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
  • M.F.A., English, University of Arizona
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

Research Interests

  • Creative writing
  • Writing and publishing books of poetry

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 527: Intro to Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 627: Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 805: Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 809: Poetry: Form and Technique