Amy Catanzano

Amy Catanzano

Associate Professor of English in Creative Writing
Co-Director, Writers Reading Series

Amy CatanzanoMFA Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa


Reynolds Research Leave 2020-2021

Official Author’s Website

Amy Catanzano is a poet and transmedia artist who explores the intersections of literature, science, and the arts. She regularly collaborates with scientists and visits scientific research centers, which have included CERN, where she was a research artist through the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, where she was the inaugural poet-in-residence. She is the author of three books of poetry and experimental fiction, works of internationally exhibited digital poetry, essays on poetic theory in relation to quantum mechanics, and more. World Lines, a poetry project based on a quantum supercomputer, has been covered in Physics, Symmetry, and other physics publications. Recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry and other honors, she is an associate professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University, where she teaches in the creative writing program in the Department of English. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.


Poetry, poetics, and literary theory

Experimental fiction, literary nonfiction, transdisciplinary texts, and cross-genre writing

The intersections of poetry, science, and the arts

Quantum theory and quantum computing, high-energy particle physics, relativity, the Standard Model of physics and beyond Standard Model phenomenology, astrophysics and cosmology


Literary and artistic subcultures of the avant garde


World Lines: A Quantum Supercomputer Poem. Long Island: Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University, 2018.

Wavicles: A Digital Poem. Amsterdam/Oslo: 3D Poetry Editor Exhibition, The Gravity of Words, 2017.

Let There Be Love. Calgary: Spacecraft Press, 2015.

Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella. Blacksburg, VA: Noemi Press, 2014. Recipient, Noemi Press Book Award in Fiction.

Multiversal. New York City: Fordham University Press, 2009. Recipient, PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. Recipient, Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press.

iEpiphany. New York City/Boulder: Erudite Fangs Editions, 2008.

the heartbeat is a fractal. Tokyo/Toronto: Ahadada Books, 2008.

Catanzano’s poetry, fiction, intergenre writing, and essays in poetic theory have appeared in the following literary and academic journals, publications, and anthologies: Poems and Poetics, Jacket2, La Vague, Supplement, Perfect Wave, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, Web Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence Magazine, Interim Magazine, Laurel Review, New American Writing, Poetbook: An Illuminated Project, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, Volt: A Journal of the Arts,#Nodes: Entangling Science and Humanities, The Best of Fence Magazine, Hydrogen Jukebox: 40 Years of (Dis)embodied Poetics at Naropa University, and others.


Article: “The quantum poet,” Symmetry Magazine

Conference convener: Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts

Interview: “Quantum understanding in the works of Amy Catanzano,” SciArt Magazine

Podcast: “The Poetry of the Dark Energy Survey,” 365 Days of Astronomy

Article: “Poetry takes on quantum physics,” Physics

Article: “Artist explains quantum physics through poetry,”The Next Web

Performance (collaboration): “At the Edge of the Abyss: A Danced Poem” at Entanglements

Interview: “Impossible poems at invisible scales,”Jacket2

Review: “Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella,”Rain Taxi

Feature: “Commentary Series in Quantum Poetics,” Jacket2


Recipient, Reynolds Research Leave, in support of research and creative projects, 2020-2021.

Recipient, Reynolda Conference Grant, Humanities Institute and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2018.

Recipient, W.C. Archie Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence award in support of research on the Dark Energy Survey and travel to the Cerro-Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, 2018.

Recipient, Summer Research Award, in support of a book manuscript on poetry and science, 2018.

Recipient, Dunn-Riley Faculty Development Award in support of travel to the Society for Literature, the Sciences, and the Arts, Toronto, 2018.

Recipient, W.C. Archie Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence award in support of research at CERN in Switzerland, 2016.


Amy Catanzano is an associate professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. She also has taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Colorado, Chatham University in Pennsylvania, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Iowa.

Her teaching portfolio includes a range of undergraduate BA and graduate MA and MFA courses in creative writing and literature. Focuses include writing and reading poetry, poetics and literary theory, innovative fiction and literary nonfiction, and intergenre and transdisciplinary texts. As guest faculty for the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and Naropa’s Extended Studies Program and Summer Writing Program, she has taught concentrated courses in experimental artistic practice, science and poetry, investigative poetics, constructed and imaginary languages, and other topics.

At Wake Forest, she teaches an undergraduate beginning-intermediate poetry workshop and an advanced undergraduate-graduate workshop in poetry and poetics.At Naropa, she designed and taught creative writing and literature courses such as Women Writers/Open Texts on innovative women writers, 19th Century U.S. Literature, and Special Topics: The Imaginary Present on writing that works with inventive approaches to space and time. Other teaching has included individualized thesis courses and independent studies, introductory courses in literature, and academic essay writing. She has directed and advised student theses in poetry, fiction, cross-genre works, and texts combining creative writing and literary scholarship.

In her creative writing classes, Catanzano gives students practical grounding in both craft and theory as well as an exploratory space to experiment with a range of approaches to literary writing. Her curricula includes writing and reading investigative poetry, digital poetry and electronic literature, transmedia and multimodal texts, traditional and metered forms of poetry, Oulipo, language writing, conceptual poetry, political and activist writing, neosurrealism, quantum poetics, contemplative poetics, performance poetry, ecopoetics, aleatoric writing, visual and sound poetry, transdisciplinary texts, ekphrasis, recombinant essays, experimental fiction, and cross-genre inventions.

She emphasizes attentiveness to the textures of language and the multiplicity of forms and frameworks available to writers. Through discussions of student writing in a workshop format, written feedback, assigned reading material, experiential writing exercises and thought experiments, and attendance to events with visiting authors, students develop as writers and readers while reflecting on the aesthetic, philosophical, theoretical, personal, political, and cultural implications of working with language in an artistic practice.

She has mentored students who have gone on to MFA and PhD programs at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, University of Denver, Brooklyn College, University of Notre Dame, Pratt Institute, the European Graduate School, and elsewhere as well as careers and artistic livelihoods in writing, teaching, art making, publishing, and more.

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