Stephan Delbos

Stephan Delbos, PhD, MFA

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Senior Lecturer. The first Poet Laureate of Plymouth, Massachusetts. He earned his BA in literature from Providence College, an MFA in poetry from New England College, and a PhD from Charles University. His poetry, essays and translations have appeared most recently in AbsintheAgniAsymptoteAtlanta ReviewBlazeVOXThe Brooklyn QuarterlyEXPOUND, Fourteen HillsThe Enchanted Verses Literary ReviewThe Istanbul ReviewMolly BloomNew LettersPoetry InternationalPoetry Salzburg ReviewRakish Angel, and Zoland Poetry. He is the editor of From a Terrace in Prague: A Prague Poetry Anthology (Litteraria Pragensia, 2011). A collection of visual, music-inspired poems, “Bagatelles for Typewriter,” was exhibited at ArtSpace Gallery in Prague in 2012. His play Chetty’s Lullaby, about trumpet legend Chet Baker, was produced in San Francisco. His play Deaf Empire, about Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, was produced by Prague Shakespeare Company in 2017. His co-translation of The Absolute Gravedigger, by Czech poet Vítězslav Nezval, was awarded the PEN/Heim Translation Grant in 2015 and was published by Twisted Spoon Press. He is also co-translator of Nezval’s Woman in the Plural (Twisted Spoon Press, 2021), and the translator of Tereza Riedlbauchová’s Paris Notebook (The Visible Spectrum, 2020). He is the author of the poetry chapbook In Memory of Fire (Cape Cod Poetry Review, 2016), and the poetry collections Light Reading (BlazeVOX, 2018) and Small Talk (Dos Madres, 2021). He is a founding editor of B O D Y.

Selected Publications


The New American Poetry and Cold War Nationalism (Palgrave, 2021)

Two Poems / Dvě poémy (Literární salon, 2021)

Small Talk: Poems (Dos Madres, 2021)

Woman in the Plural (Twisted Spoon, 2021)

Paris Notebook (The Visible Spectrum, 2020)

Light Reading (BlazeVOX, 2019)

In Memory of Fire (Cape Cod Poetry Review, 2017)

The Absolute Gravedigger (Twisted Spoon Press, 2016)

From a Terrace in Prague: A Prague Poetry Anthology (Litteraria Pragensia, 2011).


“The Cold War Community of Love and Scorn: Robert Duncan, The New American Poetry and the Lavendar Scare.” Sillages Critiques, Volume 29, 2020.

“Deterritorializing the Archive: The Donald Allen Collection and The New American Poetry from a Transnational Perspective”. Reconfigurations, Volume 6, 2020.

“Poems and Passports: Assimilation in The New American Poetry.” Assimilation in American Literature. Matthew Sweney and Michal Peprnik, eds. Olomouc: Palacký University Press 2016.

“Directing Inspiration: Beat Poetry in Contemporary American Film.” Read on Screen: Film Adaptations of Literature in English. Klara Kolinska and Carlos A. Sanz Mingo, eds. Prague: Metropolitan University Prague Press, 2016

“Radical Formalism: Robert Lowell’s The Dolphin.” The Rainbow of American Poetry. Matthew Sweney, ed. Olomouc: Palacký University Press 2014.

“A Case for William Bronk.” William Bronk in the 21st Century: New Assessments. Burt Kimmelman, ed. New Jersey: Talisman Editions 2013.


Stephan Delbos welcomes BA thesis proposals in the areas of post-war American poetry and fiction.


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