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David Caplan

b. 1969

Current City, State, Country

Dallas, Texas, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Lynn, Massachusetts, USA


David Caplan is a poet, scholar, and literary critic. He has published two poetry collections, In the World He Created According to His Will (University of Georgia Press) and Into My Garden (Ben Yehuda Press), as well as several monographs and critical studies. His honors include the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry, an Individual Excellence Award in Criticism from the Ohio Arts Council, and two Fulbright Lectureships in American Literature. He serves as the Daisy Deane Frensley Chair in English Literature at Southern Methodist University.

Published Works

Into My Garden (Ben Yehuda Press, 2020)
In the World He Created According to His Will (University of Georgia Press 2010)

American Poetry: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2021)
Rhyme’s Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014)
Poetic Form: An Introduction (Pearson Longman, 2006)
Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form (Oxford University Press, 2005). French edition, Questions de Possibilité, Poésie Contemporaine et Forme Poétique (Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2016)

Edited Works
On Rhyme, (Liège, Belgium: Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2017)
Co-Editor (with Ted Genoways), Virginia Quarterly Review, American Poetry: A SpecialIssue, Spring 2012

Links to Sample Works

Current Title

Daisy Deane Frensley Chair in English Literature, Southern Methodist University.


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2000.
M.A., University of Virginia, 1996.
M.F.A., University of Florida, 1993.
B.A., Hobart Colleg2, 1991.

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