George Witte

229 Oak StreetRidgewood, NJ 07450

Author's Bio

George Witte has published three collections of poems, Does She Have a Name? (NYQ Books, 2014), The Apparitioners (2005) and Deniability (2009), the latter two in print with Orchises Press. His work has been published in 32 Poems, Antioch Review, The Atlantic, Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. He was awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize for a group of poems, anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2007, Old Flame, and Vocabula Bound 2, and received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. For thirty years he has worked at St. Martin’s Press, as an editor, as the publisher of Picador USA, and now as editor in chief.

Publications and Prizes


The Apparitioners
(Three Rail Press,
(Orchises Press,
Does She Have a Name?
(NYQ Books,


Prairie Schooner
Southwest Review
Kenyon Review
Gettysburg Review
New Haven Review
Virginia Quarterly Review
Yale Review
32 Poems
Antioch Review
Frederick Bock Prize, Poetry Magazine Poetry Fellowship from NJ Council of the Arts/Department of State

More Information

Listed as:
Gives readings? 
Travels for readings? 
Born in: 
Summit, NJ
Raised in: 
Madison, NJ

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Family Ghosts by Henry Hart, Precise by Tina Kelley, A Few of Her Secrets by George Bradley, House and Fire by Maria Hummel
Favorite Authors:
Fred Chappell, Eric Kraft, Walker Percy, James Dickey, Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Don Delillo, Philip Roth, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Philip Levine, Anne Tyler, Reynolds Price, Pat Barker

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Listing last updated: April 11, 2014.

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