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Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University

John P. Birkelund Fellow in the Humanities - Class of Spring 2016


Robyn Creswell earned his PhD in comparative literature from New York University in 2012. He taught at Brown University from 2011 to 2014, after which he became an assistant professor of comparative literature at Yale University. Creswell’s research focuses on modern English, French, and Arabic poetry, specifically the intellectual history of the modern Middle East, theories and practices of translation, and contemporary poetry.
The poetry editor of the Paris Review, Creswell is the translator of Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Clash of Images (2010) and Sonallah Ibrahim’s That Smell and Notes from Prison (2013). His essays and reviews have been published in Harper’s, New York Times Book Review, and The Nation. A former fellow of the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, Creswell received the 2013 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism. His work has been supported by Brown University’s Humanities Initiative Grant, the American Council of Learned Societies, PEN Translation Fund, and the MacDowell Colony.