Stephan Barrett Delbos, Ph.D.


Stephan Delbos is an internationally published writer and literary critic. He earned his BA in literature from Providence College, and an MFA in poetry from New England College. He was awarded a Ph.D. from Charles University. His poetry, essays and translations have appeared most recently in Absinthe, Agni, Asymptote, Atlanta Review, BlazeVOX, The Brooklyn Quarterly, EXPOUND, Fourteen Hills, The Enchanted Verses Literary Review, The Istanbul Review, New Letters, Poetry International, Poetry Salzburg Review, Rakish 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 Prague’s ArtSpace Gallery in May 2012. His first full-length play, “Chetty’s Lullaby,” about the life of trumpet legend Chet Baker, has been produced in New York and San Francisco. 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 the author of the poetry chapbook In Memory of Fire (Cape Cod Poetry Review, 2016), and a founding editor of B O D Y.


Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, American Literature

Publications & Other Activities

  • From a Terrace in Prague: A Prague Poetry Anthology (Litteraria Pragensia, 2011)
  • In Memory of Fire (Cape Cod Poetry Review, 2016)
  • The Absolute Gravedigger (Twisted Spoon Press, 2016)
  • 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. In: Read on Screen: Film Adaptations of Literature in English. Editors: Klara Kolinska and Carlos A. Sanz Mingo. 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.