William Corbett taught courses in composition, poetry writing, reading, stand-up comedy, and journalism for forty-eight years while living in Boston. He began his teaching career at Emerson College and taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Wellesley College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and, from 1991-2013, at MIT. He has published eleven books of poems, including The Whalen Poem (Hanging Loose Press, 2011) and Elegies for Michael Gizzi (Kat Ran Press, 2012). He has published a memoir, Furthering My Education (Zoland Books, 1997) and two books of literary essays, Literary New England and New York Literary Lights. His books on artists include Philip Guston’s Late Work: A Memoir (Zoland Books, 1994) and the monograph Albert York (Pressed Wafer, 2010). All Prose: Selected Essays and Reviews appeared in 2001 from Zoland Books. Turtle Point Press published two books of James Schuyler’s letters that were edited by Corbett, Just the Thing: Selected Letters of James Schuyler (2004) and The Letters of James Schuyler to Frank O’Hara (2005). Corbett continues to give poetry readings, most recently at Georgia Tech and at Manhattan’s Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. Corbett continues to direct the small press Pressed Wafer.
Teaching and Research Interests
poetry; memoir writing; art writing; small press publisher