My principal fields are American poetry, postcolonial studies, and literary theory. I am the author of Mastery’s End: Travel and Postwar American Poetry (University of Georgia Press 2005) and of many articles on American and Latin American literature. My poetry has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Yale Review, PN Review, Notre Dame Review, Lana Turner Review, and other periodicals. I am also the English translator of Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s novels The African Shore (Yale University Press 2014) and Chaos, a Fable (Amazon Crossing 2018), and editor or co-editor of several anthologies, including The News from Poems: Essays on the New American Poetry of Engagement (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology (McFarland, 2013).
- Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
- M.A., University of Washington
- B.A., University of Washington
- Mastery’s End: Travel and Postwar American Poetry, University of Georgia Press, 2005. https://ugapress.org/book/9780820326634/masterys-end/
- The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, five volumes, ed. with Mary Balkun and James McCorkle, Greenwood, 2006. https://www.abc-clio.com/products/B3928C
- The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology, ed. with Ann Keniston, McFarland Press, 2011. https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/the-new-american-poetry-of-engagement/
- The News from Poems: Essays on the New American Poetry of Engagement, ed. with Ann Keniston, University of Michigan Press, 2014. https://www.press.umich.edu/9227505/news_from_poems
- The African Shore, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Trans. Jeffrey Gray, Yale University Press. https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300196108/african-shore/
- Chaos, A Fable, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Trans. Jeffrey Gray, Amazon Crossing Press. https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Fable-Rodrigo-Rey-Rosa/dp/1542090350
- American Poets and Poetry: From the Colonial Era to the Present, ed. with Mary McAleer Balkun and James McCorkle, Greenwood, 2012. https://www.abc-clio.com/products/A4478C/
- A Companion to American Poetry, ed. with Mary McAleer Balkun and Paul Jaussen, Wiley-Blackwell, 2022. https://www.wiley.com/en-us/A+Companion+to+American+Poetry-p-9781119669227
- “Data Dump: Poetry and Information in the 21st Century.” Bloomsbury Handbook of Contemporary American Poetry. Ed. Steven Axelrod and Craig Svonkin, Bloomsbury, 2023. Forthcoming, February, 2023.
- “Engagement Again: American Poetry Then and Now.” American Poetry Review 49.5 (October 2020).
- “Hands Off: Official Language in Contemporary Poetry.” In The News from Poems: Essays on the New American Poetry of Engagement, ed Gray and Keniston, University of Michigan Press, 2016.
- “’Pathology of the Provinces’: Frank Bidart and the Object of the West.” New Perspectives on American Poetry, from Whitman to the Present. Ed. Jiri Flajsar, Palacky University Press (Czech Republic), 2015.
- “Roberto Bolaño, Juárez, and the Future of Nativism.” Pacific Coast Philology (Special Issue: “Migration, Immigration, and Movement”) 49.2 (2014).
- “Essence and the Mulatto,” etc. “Essence and the Mulatto Traveler: Europe as Embodiment in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 4.1 (2012): 15-29.
- “Identity Cards: Autobiography and Critical Practice.” Selves in Dialogue. Ed. Begoña Bismal. Berlin: Rodopi, 2011.
- “Postcards and Sunsets: Bishop’s Revisions and the Problem of Excess.” Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-first Century. Ed. Thomas Travisano, et al. Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 2011. 26-40.
- “History and Erasure in One Hundred Years of Solitude." In Colonialism and Exploration: Bloom’s Literary Themes. Ed. Harold Bloom, et al. Chelsea House, 2010.
- “Howl: Moloch and Beat Transgression.” Taboos: Bloom’s Literary Themes. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2010. 37-49.
- “United Fruit Co.,” Canto General, and the Critique of Capitalism.” Imperialism: Bloom’s Literary Themes. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2010. 201-211.
- “Borges and the Legacy of ‘The Garden of Forking Paths.’” The Labyrinth: Bloom’s Literary Themes. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2009. 29-36.
- “Poets’ Puffery.” Chronicle of Higher Education. 55.25. 27 February 2009. B14.
- “The Dream of Possession: Robert Frost’s Paradoxical Gift.” The American Dream: Bloom’s Literary Themes. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2009. 57-66.
- “Precocious Testimony: Poetry and the Uncommemorable.” In Literature after 9/11, ed. Ann Kenniston and Jeanne Follansbee Quinn, Routledge, 2008.
- “Walcott’s Traveler and the Problem of Witness.” Callaloo 28.1 (2005).
- “Literature, Difference, and the Land of Witness.” Profession 2002. Modern Language Association, 2002. 51-62.
- “’Beyond the Letter’: Identity, Song, and Strick.” Callaloo 23.2 (Spring 2000): 621-639.
- “’Necessary Thought’: Frank Bidart and the Post-Confessional.” Contemporary Literature 34.4 (1993): 714-739.
Recent Poetry and Memoir:
- “Last Air” https://yalereview.org/article/last-air
- “After Three Years.” https://yalereview.org/article/after-three-years
- “Too Late.” Tupelo Quarterly, Nov. 14, 2018. https://www.tupeloquarterly.com/prose/too-late-a-question-of-travel-by-jeffrey-gray/
- “Voice Lessons: A Notebook.” PN Review, 46.3 (Jan-Feb 2020). https://www.pnreview.co.uk/cgi-bin/scribe?item_id=10668
- Three Poems (“Marbling,” “My 20th Century,” and “Query”). Western Humanities Review, 2022.
- Three Poems (“Lines on Buddha’s Birthday,” “Rosi in Samoa,” “Processions”)/ Lana Turner Review, 2022.
- “The West.” Notre Dame Review34 (Summer-fall 2012) https://ndreview.nd.edu/archived-issues/ndr-34/
- “Likewise.” Notre Dame Review 31 (Winter-Spring 2011) https://ndreview.nd.edu/archived-issues/ndr-31/
- “Crepuscule for Sandy.” Notre Dame Review 32 (Summer-Fall 2011) https://ndreview.nd.edu/archived-issues/ndr-32/
Honors and Awards
- Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship in Poetry, 2007.
- MacDowell Colony Residency, Fall 2007.
- Researcher of the Year Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Seton Hall University, 2006.
- Fulbright Fellowship, Nanjing, China, 2006.
- Booklist's Editor's Choice Award for Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets & Poetry.
- Fulbright Fellowship, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2000.
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute: Performance and Text in Caribbean Literature and Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 9--July 21, 1997.