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Donald Platt

Donald Platt

Professor // English

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Room: HEAV 311B


Phone: (765) 494-3435

Ph.D., University of Utah, 1995



Creative writing; Twentieth-Century Poetry

Donald Platt (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1995) is the author of eight volumes of poetry: Swansdown (Grid Books, 2022), One Illuminated Letter of Being (Red Mountain Press, 2020), Man Praying (Parlor Press / Free Verse Editions, 2017), Tornadoesque (CavanKerry Press, 2016), Dirt Angels (New Issues Press, 2009), My Father Says Grace (Arkansas University Press, 2007), Cloud Atlas (Purdue University Press, 2002), and Fresh Peaches, Fireworks, & Guns (Purdue University Press, 1994).  His fine-press, limited-edition chapbook Leap Second at the Turn of the Millennium was published in 1999 by the Center for Book Arts in New York City. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The New Republic, Nation, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Georgia Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ironwood, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Notre Dame Review, Gulf Coast, Sou’wester, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal, Epoch, Prairie Schooner, Passages North, Cream City Review, VOLT, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Diode, 32 Poems, BLOOM, Michigan Quarterly Review, AGNI, BOMB Magazine, William and Mary Review, Meridian, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Quarterly West, Green Mountains Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Water~Stone Review, Poetry Northwest, New American Writing, Chelsea, Rattle, Black Warrior Review, Seneca Review, New England Review, Salmagundi, Western Humanities Review, Field, Fence, Iowa Review, Southwest Review, Southern Review, and Yale Review, as well as in The Best American Poetry 2000, 2006, and 2015. His poems have been republished on the Poetry Daily and Verse Daily websites.  He is a recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three Pushcart Prizes, the Paumanok Poetry Prize, the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, two Verna Emery Poetry Prizes, and the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize. A professor in Purdue University’s English Department since 2000, he offers courses in the writing of poetry at the undergraduate and graduate levels.