Andrew Epstein is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he is also currently the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. He is the author of Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry (Oxford University Press), which focuses on Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, and Amiri Baraka.
He is currently completing his next book, Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture (forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2016).
He has published widely on poetry and 20th- and 21st-century literature, on such topics as the New York School of poets, Language poetry, conceptual poetry, the legacy of pragmatism, the Oulipo, and African-American literature, on figures ranging from Shelley and Keats to W.H. Auden, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Francis Ponge, Amiri Baraka, James Schuyler, Rae Armantrout, and Lou Reed.
His critical work has appeared in numerous journals, including Contemporary Literature, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Comparative Literature Studies, Jacket2, and Raritan, and in various essay collections, including The Cambridge Companion to American Poets, Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry, and The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. His poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Gulf Coast, Western Humanities Review, Notre Dame Review,Verse, and other journals.