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Joseph S. Salemi

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Joseph Salvatore Salemi (born 1948) is an American poet and educator.


Joseph S. Salemi is an Italian American born in New York, NY, where he lives and works. He teaches in the Department of Humanities at New York University, and in the Classics Department of Hunter College, C.U.N.Y. His poems, essays, scholarly articles, and translations have been published in over 100 journals internationally.[1] He is also the editor and publisher of Trinacria.[2]

As a translator, Salemi has rendered into English a selection of Latin & Greek authors ( Catullus, Martial, Juvenal, Horace, Propertius, Austonius, Theognis, and Philodemus), Provençal and Sicilian poems, and his scholarly work has touched on writers as diverse as Chaucer, Bembo, Castiglione, Machiavelli, Blake, Kipling, Crane, Ernest Dowson, and William Gaddis. He has won several awards including the 1993 Classical and Modern Literature Award.[3]

Salemi was four times a finalist for the Howard Nemerov Prize sponsored by The Formalist, a journal in which his work has frequently appeared. He is also active as a journalist, writing on current academic issues and controversies for the publication Measure in New York, and for Heterodoxy in California, as well as a monthly essayist and columnist for the on-line journal The Pennsylvania Review. Salemi is a grandson of the Sicilian poet and translator Rosario Previti.[4]


  • Herbert Musurillo Scholarship
  • Lane Cooper Fellowship
  • N.E.H. Summer Seminar Fellowship
  • Orbis prize (1995)
  • 1993 Classical and Modern Literature Award

Published works[edit]


  • Formal Complaints. Brooklyn, NY: Somers Rocks Press. 1997. ASIN B007HE4GP2. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Nonsense couplets, and other jeux d'esprit poems. Brooklyn, NY: Somers Rocks Press. 1999. ISBN 9780965704588. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Masquerade. Brooklyn, NY: Pivot Press. 2005. ISBN 9780972658263. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • The Lilacs on Good Friday. The New Formalist Press. 2007. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Skirmishes. Brooklyn, NY: Pivot Press. 2010. ISBN 9780982939314. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Steel Masks. White Violet Press. 2012. ISBN 9780615608990. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


  • Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets (University of Evansville Press, 2004)
  • French Forms: A Contemporary Anthology (forthcoming)
  • Dramatic Monologues (University of Evansville Press, 2009)
  • A Mind Apart (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Rhyming Poems: A Contemporary Anthology (University of Evansville Press, 2007)
  • The Conservative Poets (University of Evansville Press, 2006)
  • Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets (University of Evansville Press, 2004)
  • The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (Columbia University Press, 1998)

Online Journals

  • The HyperTexts[1]
  • The Chimaera [5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Joseph S. Salemi". The HyperTexts. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  2. "Masthead". Trinacria. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  3. "Curriculum Vitae - Joseph S. Salemi". The City University of New York. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  4. Salemi, Joseph S. "Me, Myself, and I". The Pennsylvania Review. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  5. Salemi, Joseph S. "The Persistence of Myth". The Chimaera. Retrieved June 13, 2012.

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