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B.A., Amherst College; Ph.D., Harvard University

Dan Chiasson
Associate Professor of English

Poet and essayist.

I write poetry when I am able. When I am not—which is 99 percent of the time—I write poetry reviews and, less often, reviews of fiction, art, and music.

I love teaching courses in all periods of lyric poetry, including the poetries of Ancient Greece and Rome (I was a classics major in college, and keep up an amateur interest in the field). I also love teaching poetry writing: Students have produced some marvelous poems in my workshops.

We have two little kids and, by the time you read this, a Newfoundland dog.

I like to give advice about food. For a great day in Boston, go to the Brattle Book Shop on West Street, ask to be shown the third floor, buy an old, musty set of books (the place is full of bargains) then adjourn to Chacarero nearby for a Chilean sandwich. In the summer, get thee to Woodman's of Essex for fried clams, then walk on the beach at Crane's Beach. By the way, the best prosciutto is to be had at Tutto Italiano, right here in Wellesley.