Andrew Epstein is a Professor in the English Department at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he is also currently the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. He was born in New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and received his BA in English from Haverford College in 1992. He received his MA and Ph.D. in English from Columbia University in 2000. He has been teaching at Florida State since 2001, and he lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Kara Gross, and their two children.
His research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary poetry and poetics; issues in modernism and postmodernism; theories and practice of the avant-garde; literature and culture of the Cold War and the 1960s; theories and debates about everyday life and twentieth-century writing; and twentieth-century experimental fiction. He is also interested in the inter-relationship between twentieth-century literature and other art forms, especially the visual arts and music, and in the afterlife of nineteenth-century American writing (especially Ralph Waldo Emerson and pragmatist philosophy) in twentieth-century literature and culture.
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. His next book, Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. He is also currently writing The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry Since 1945 (under contract, Cambridge University Press).
He has published widely on poetry and 20th- and 21st-century literature, on such topics as the New York School of poets, Language poetry, African-American literature, conceptual poetry, and the legacy of pragmatism, and 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 book 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.