Noah Eli Gordon

Noah Eli Gordon

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Contact: Noah(dot)Gordon(at)Colorado(dot)edu

Noah Eli Gordon was born in Cleveland, OH, in 1975, and grew up there and in South Florida, then moved to Boston where he sold jewelry from a cart for several years while attending Bunker Hill Community College, followed by UMass-Amherst, eventually graduating from their Program for Poets & Writers, before moving west and settling in 

Denver, CO. 

Gordon has worked as a cleaner at a bowling alley, as a writing tutor, as an usher, a 

bookstore clerk, an adjunct instructor, and has been active in numerous activist organizations envisioning a more just world, including Food Not Bombs in Boston and Northampton's Prison Book Project. Gordon is currently an Associate Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado–Boulder, where he directs Subito Press.

Gordon's books include The Word KINGDOM in the Word Kingdom, published by Brooklyn Arts Press in early 2015, The Year of the Rooster (Ahsahta Press, 2013), The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award.

An advocate of small press culture, he co-founded Letter Machine Editions, penned a column for five years on chapbooks for Rain Taxireview of books, ran Braincase Press, was head reviews editor for The Volta, and co-founded the little magazine Baffling Combustions. His essays, reviews, creative nonfiction, criticism, and poetry appear widely, including journals such as Bookforum, Seneca Review, Boston Review, Fence, Hambone, and in the anthologies Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton AnthologyA Broken Thing: Poets on the LineAgainst Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual WritingPoets on Teaching, and Burning Interiors: David Shapiro's Poetry and Poetics

Gordon currently lives in Denver, CO.

For audio recordings, visit Gordon's PennSound Page by clicking here.