Fred Marchant's poetry collections include Said Not Said (2017), The Looking House (2009), Tipping Point (2003), and Full Moon Boat (2000). Janette Currie, writing in Pleiades, has written that “Marchant’s great achievement in The Looking House is to create a new anti-war poetics out of seemingly disparate subjects and images.” Marchant has also cotranslated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) From a Corner of My Yard (2006), poetry by the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa. Marchant is also the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (2008), a selection that focuses on the work done while Stafford was a conscientious objector during World War II.
Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Marchant earned a BA from Brown University and a PhD from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. He is a longtime teaching affiliate of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. For 30 years he was a professor of English and the director of the creative writing program and the Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston. He has also taught workshops at various sites across the country, including the Robert Frost Place, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Veterans Writing Group. In 2009 Marchant was co-winner of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets whose “work is an inspiration to other poets.”