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. An associate professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University, she regularly collaborates with scientists and visits scientific research centers for her projects. She has conducted site visits at CERN, where she was a research artist through the U.S. Outreach Office of the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, where she was the inaugural poet-in-residence, and elsewhere. In addition to exhibited digital poetry and published essays on poetry and physics, she is the author of three books, two of which have received national recognition in the United States with major literary awards. These include Multiversal, recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry as well as the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press, and Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, recipient of the Noemi Press Book Award in Fiction. Her project World Lines, based on a model of a quantum computer, has been featured in the American Physical Society’s Physics magazine and elsewhere. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.


Poetry, poetics, and literary theory

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

The intersections of poetry, science, and the arts

Quantum theory and quantum computing, high-energy particle physics, 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 Group Show, 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 and transmedia writing, and essays in poetic theory appear 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, W.C. Archie Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence award in support of a collaborative project and research on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument survey (DESI) and travel to Tucson, Arizona, 2021.

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, intergenre texts, and transdisciplinary and transmedia projects. As guest faculty for the Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina Writers’ Network, and Naropa’s Extended Studies Program and Summer Writing Program, she also has taught concentrated courses in 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, 19th Century U.S. Literature, and 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 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 writing, ekphrasis, recombinant essays, experimental fiction, and cross-genre inventions.

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