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Pierre Joris (b. 1946), poet, teacher, and translator, has lived in the United States, Great Britain, France, and North Africa since leaving his native Luxembourg in 1964. Working in English, French, and German, Joris has published over 20 books and chapbooks of poetry, including Winnetou Old (1994) and h.j.r. (1999). He co-edited, with Jerome Rothenberg, the two-volume anthology Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry (1998). Their 1994 collaboration pppppp: Selected Writings of Kurt Schwitters won the 1994 PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Translation.
Joris has published numerous translations into English and French, from authors Paul Celan and Edmond Jabès, to Habib Tengour and Gregory Corso. For his translation of Celan's Lightduress, Joris received the 2005 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. As reader and performance artist, Joris has worked with the singer and artist Nicole Peyrafitte in New York and abroad. They live with their son Miles in New York; Joris has been teaching Poetry and Poetics in Albany, New York since 1992. In 2003, Joris published his first collection of critical essays, A Nomad Poetics.