Lyn Coffin - Curriculum Vitae


BA, University of Michigan 1965, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

MAT, Teacher’s College, Columbia, 1972

MA, English Language and Literature, U. of Michigan 1976

MSW, University of Michigan, 1989




  • Human Trappings, Abattoir Editions (1980)

  • Elegies by Jiří Orten, CVU Press, (1981). Translation from Czech.

  • The Plague Column by Jaroslav Seifert, CVU Press (1981). Translation from Czech used by the Nobel Committee in granting Seifert his prize.

  • The Poetry of Wickedness, Ithaca House (1982)

  • Poems of Akhmatova, W.W. Norton (1983). Translation from Russian. Reviewed in The New York Review of Books.

  • Crystals of the Unforeseen, Plain View Press (1999)

  • More than One Life, by Miloslava Holubova, Northwestern University Press (2000). Translation from Czech, with Zdenka Brodska, and Alex Zucker.

  • Islands in the Stream of Time, by Germain Droogenbroodt, (2008). Translation from Dutch, with the collaboration of the author.

  • White Picture", by Jiri Orten (2011). Translation from the Czech, with Eva Eckert, Zdenka Brodska, Leda Pugh. Night Publishing, UK, (2011).

  • East and West, poems (and Mongolian translations), with Bavuudorj Tsog. Ulaanbataar, (2012).

  • "მე ორივე ვარ" ("I Am Both"). Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translated into Georgian by Gia Jokhadze, Mertskuli (Tbilisi), 2012.

  • Joseph Brodsky was Joseph Brodsky, Levan Kavleli Publishing, 2012 (This book was reviewed by Judith Roche, in Big Bridge, 2013)

  • Georgian Anthology of Poetry. Translation from Georgian, ed, by Dodona Kiziria, with the help of Gia Jokhadze. Slavica (Indiana University), September, 2013.

  • Animalarky, by Zaza Abiadnidze. Translation from Georgian, September, 2013.

  • Miniatures, poetry by Giorgi Kekelidze. Translation from Georgian, October, 2013.

  • Still Life with Snow, by Dato Barbakadze. Translation from Georgian, with Nato Alhazishvili, 2014 (This book received a $2000 translation award from the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monuments.)

  • A Taste of Cascadia, two plays. Whale Road Books, March, 2015.

  • A Marriage Without Consummation, poetry, with Givi Alkhazishvili. English and Georgian. Whale Road Books. April 2016.

  • 10 by 10 (plays by Lyn and Natalya Churlyaeva in Russian and English, face en face). Bedouin Books, August, 2015.

  • The Knight in the Panther Skin, by Shota Rustaveli, poetry. Translation from Georgian. Poezia Press. September, 2015.

  • Standing on Earth, the poetry of Mohsen Emadi, Phoneme Media. Translated from Persian with the author, September, 2016.

  • A Boy Named Piccolo, translation from the Georgian ("Salamura," by Archil Sulakauri), with Nika Muskheli, illustrated by Vaho Muskheli. June, 2016, Transcendent Zero Press.

  • Henry and Punkin, children's story, illustrated by Reza Bigonah, printed by Iron Twine Press. December 24, 2016

  • The First Honeymoon, Iron Twine Press, 2017. 

  • Rifles & Reception Lines, Lyn Coffin and Mercedes Luna Fuentes's collection of Spanish and English poetry, Whale Road Books, 2017.

  • This Green Life: New and Selected Poems. Transcendent Zero Press, February,2017

  • The Knight in the Panther Skin Selected Aphorisms, Poezia Press, 2017.

  • Esta Vida Verde, (New and Collected Poems translated into Spanish), Pregunta Editions, August, 2018

  • Three Centuries of Georgian Poetry, (Baratashvili, Galaktion, Barbakadze*- translated from Georgian (Barbakadze with Nato Alhazashvili), Adelaide Books, 2019.

  • The Aftermath, a novel, published by Adelaide Books, November, 2020


Short Fiction:

"Ghost of the Future"

"Lesson in Black and White," Ball State Forum, 1981 winter

"Front Towards Enemy," Michigan Quarterly Review, 1981 winter

"Falling Off the Scaffold," Michigan Quarterly Review. 1978   

       reprinted in Best American Short Stories of 1979, ed. Joyce Carol Oates

"The Second Page," Catholic Digest, 1968    `



"On Jaroslav Seifert," essay, Concerning Poetry, International Issue, vol. 17 no. 2, 1984

"A.R. Ammons," Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, volume one, A-D, 1981

"The Inside is Outside; A Review of Six First Books of Poetry," Michigan Quarterly Review, 1978 fall

"Benjamin Britten's War Requiem," Generation, 1964



"Thin Walls," was performed at the Craft Theatre and the Attic Theatre in Ann 

Arbor, l987

"Nocturnal Emissions," was performed at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, 

"The Characters are Anyone, The Place Anywhere," was performed at The Performance Network in Ann Arbor, 1986

"Two Square Meals," was performed at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, 1985 ,

and at the Trueblood Theatre at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 

"This Side Up," was performed at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor and 

at the Craft Theatre, Ann Arbor, as a special performance to benefit St. 

Joseph's Hospital Cancer Fund, 1985

"Halfway Measures ," was performed script-in-hand at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, 1985

"A Stone's Throw," was read at the Attic Theatre in Detroit, 1982

"The Atomic Weight of Potassium" was read  at the Performance Network and the Performance Network, 1983

"The Atomic Weight of Potassium" was performed at the Performance Network, 1983

"Acting Out" was performed script-in-hand at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, 1983

"Straws in the Wind" was read and performed at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, 1983

"Genie in a Klein Bottle" was performed script-in-hand at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, 1984



"Selected Orten Translations" won first prize in the International Poetry Review Translation Competition--judge, William Meredith-1980 spring

Major and Minor Hopwood Awards in every category: poetry, fiction, drama, essay     

Academy of American Poets prize

One of Orten translations featured in Ed Hirsch’s book, How To Read A Poem



"Falling Off the Scaffold" was reviewed as part of Best American Short Stories, in the Georgia Review, 1981 as one of the two best stories

The Poetry of Wickedness was reviewed in Choice and Small Press Book Club Selection   

The Poetry of Anna Akhmatova was reviewed in the New York Review of Books and TLS

Human Trappings was reviewed in Michigan Quarterly Review, winter 1982

"The Atomic Weight of Potassium" was reviewed by The Michigan Daily, 

"The Warmest Thing in The Room" was reviewed in the Ann Arbor News, 

"Pandora's Box" was reviewed in The Michigan Daily and The Ann Arbor News, 1985



Participated in a reading featuring Michigan's best-known poets at the Rackham                  

Graduate School of the University of Michigan, Nov. 1985

Many solo readings at the University of Michigan, Saginaw Valley State College, Guild 

House in Ann Arbor; readings with Joseph Brodsky, Phillip Levine, Larry Goldstein, George Garrett, E.H. Creeth

Read at UPAV benefit at Marcus Center, October, 2001

Read at Third Ward Café (Milwaukee), Elliott Bay Bookstore (Seattle) and Schwarz’s Bookstore (Shorewood), 2001-2002


Television and Radio Appearances:

Two television appearances--a taped reading for Public Access and an interview at Saginaw Valley    

Many radio readings and interviews, mostly on WUOM and WCBN

Reading Scott Greer’s poetry and original poetry on MATA, Spring, 2002 


Individual Poetry Publications (including both original poems and translations)

"Five Poems" Aspen Leaves, Spring 1973

"To You Again," Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1973

"To Yevtushenko, Name Enough," New Orleans Review, Spring 1974

"The Death of Allen Ginsberg," Aspen Anthology, Winter 1976

"Salmon," New Orleans Review, Spring 1976

"Before This Was a Jungle," National College Poetry Review, Spring 1979;  reprinted in Pegasus, Fall 1979

"The Plane and the Watcher," Iowa Review, Fall 1979

"Bank of America," Andover Review, Fall 1979.

"A Little Girl's Drawing," Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1979

"Four Poems," The Great Writers, University of Michigan, Summer 1979

"The Blackbird Looks Back," and  "Cow, Drowning in Mud," Bits, 1980

"The Dream." Poetry Now, 1980

"Inheritance," Dakotah Territory, 1980

"Motel Aubade," Concerning Poetry,1980

"Retail Outlets" and "Orpheus," Descant, 1980

"Genealogical Allegory," Poet Lore, Spring 1980

"Three Poems" Descant, Spring Summer 1980

"Initiation," Southern Humanities Review, Summer 1980

"Elegy #3" by Jiri Orten, TLS, International Poetry Review, Spring 1980

"The Thaso Kouros," Southern Humanities Review, Fall 1980

"A Statue of the Sacred Heart," Wind, 1980

"Oedipus and the Sphinx," Michigan Quarterly Review, summer 1980

"Orton's Elegy No.7," tr., Denver Quarterly, Spring 1980

"Crossing the Bridge," Kansas Quarterly, Fall 1980

"Force of One," Hollins Critic, October 1980

"The Affair is Over" and "You're Odysseus (But I'm the Hottentots)," Ball State University Forum. 1980

"In the Study, Just Before Lunch",  "The Artwork on the Backs of Gargoyles and "Good Friday, Going Hungry," Poet Lore, Winter 1980

"Brilliant Alliance," Literary Review, 1980

"The Dish Ran Away With the Spoon," Descant, Fall 1980

"When I was Crazy," and "Halfway Between Drownings," Descant, Winter 

"Mirror Woman," Northeast Review, Winter 1981

"The Baby and After" and "Ezra," Green River Review, 1981

"A Life," Southwest Review, 1981, Poet Lore, Winter 1981

"Numbs," Hollins Critic, December1981

"The Dark Facts," "A Day of the Pavement," "Emily Dickenson Meets Ogden Nash," and "Bedtime," The Portland Review, Winter 1981

"Stone Boat," Hollins Critic, December 1981

"Rousseau: A Mirror Sonnet" and "An Old Snapshot," Green River Review, 

"Another Life," Poet Lore, 1981

"Floating Women ," and "Duel," Wind, 1982

"Guess Who," "Rhapsody on Terry," "Shadow Children," and "On His Deathbed," Webster Review, Spring 1982

"Pigs on Pilgramage," Focus/Midwest, 1982

"Lady Psychologist, Leaving Home," Aspen Leaves Anthology, 1982

"Escape from the Locker Room," Poetry Now, 1982

"Colors Like Spokane," Southern Humanities Review, Spring 1982

"Riverbeds in Times of Drought," Literary Review, Spring 1982

"Sick and Tired of Marriage," "Fox Vita," "Days of the Week," and "Relatives," Green River Review, 1982

"Stone Wine," Poet Lore, 1982

"Armored Girl," Focus/Midwest, 1982

"Amelia and John," Hiram Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 1982

"Shadow Children," Webster Review, 1982

Jiri Orton's Elegies, tr. Cross Currents, 1982

"Stepfather," and "Surfacing," Chiaroscuro, 1983

"Opium Fields in Time of War," Poet Lore, 1983

"An Old Bachelor," Kansas Quarterly Review, January 1983

"The Empty House" and "Sea of Children, Prairie Schooner 1983

"In Memory of Roethke" and "Ezra," Green River Review, 1983

Two Poems by Nezval, Cross Currents, 1983

"Me and Me," Northeast Review, 1983/1984

"Deathbed/Childbed," Hollins Critic, April 1983

"Ending End," Hollins Critic, December 1983

"Cold Venus at the Typewriter," Poet Lore, 1983

Seifert's "The Plague Monoument," tr. Cross Currents, 1983

Three Poems by Jarostav Seifert, tr. Concerning Poetry, 1984

"To the King from the Candle," The Blackbird Looks Back," "Mad Poem," and "In the Dance Studio," Paunch, January 1984 

"The Blank Baby," Michigan Quarterly  Review, Winter 1984

"The Poet Falls in Love," Poultry, 1984

Rilke tr., Cross Currents, 1984

"Gingerbread Men," Blue Ox Review, 1985

"She Longs For Her White Lover," Hollins Critic, December 1985

"Milking the Cow of Your Dreams" and "Dream Corder," New Collage, Spring 1985

"Another Life," New Collage, Summer 1986

"Molto Vivace," Confrontation, Spring/Summer 1986

"Unwrapped Gifts," Footwork, 1986

"Pigs On Pilgrimage," Midwest Review

"The Widower Grows Lustful," Mid-American Review, 1986

"The Plague Monument" and "Ivanescence," Seifert tr. Cross Currents, 

Brodsky's "Lithuanian Nocturne," tr., Cross Currents, 1986

"The Pope in South America," "Our Resident Executioner," Bernini's St. Theresa," and "Father/Daughter," Gryphon, 1986 Collection of Poems by Uwe Kolbe, tr. with B. Walker, Cross Currents, 

"Wherever You Go There You Are," Cross Currents, 1987


Anthologies and Chapbooks:

Wind Eyes, Plainview Press, 1997

Wild Turkeys, poetry slam chapbook, 1998

Online: many sites, including Motley Focus; Afternoon;; first featured poet

 “September” won an award at 2002


“We Make the Way By Going,” poetry column published on poetrylist@