William Keckler is the author of the poetry collections Sanskrit of the Body (Penguin, 2002), which was selected by Mary Oliver for the National Poetry Series; Ants Dissolve in Moonlight (Fugue State Press, 1995); and the chapbooks Recombinant Image Day (Broken Boulder Press) and Hokusai Touches a Meme (Abacus). His work has been anthologized numerous times, including A Sulfur Anthology (2015) and The Collected Explosive Magazine (2017). Keckler has published widely in magazines, including Fence, Zeitzoo, Columbia Poetry Review, Sulfur, Talisman, the Washington Review, and the New Orleans Review. Susan Smith Nash said of Keckler’s first collection that he writes “Fluid, thoughtful, gorgeous poems. Some connect the reader with the challenge of re-perceiving everydayness, others recall the perverse ironies of Emily Dickinson. Subtle wordplay and quick intelligences recall Stevens, but updated and more fleshy and playful.” His translations of two early novellas by André Malraux were published as The Kingdom of Farfelu (Fugue State Press, 2005).
Keckler has received fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and he is the recipient of two Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American poetry. He is also a visual artist and his artwork has been published in numerous magazines and books. He is currently represented by the Dan Skjæveland Gallery (Norway). He resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.