James Reidel


James Reidel is a writer whose work spans poetry, fiction, translation, biography, and history. He has written extensively about the poet Weldon Kees including a full-length biography, Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees (University of Nebraska Press, 2003). His German translations include the works of Thomas Bernhard, In Hora Mortis/Under the Iron of the Moon (Princeton University Press, 2006) and two novels by Franz Werfel, an unabridged edition of The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (David R. Godine, 2012) and Pale Blue Ink in a Lady’s Hand (David R. Godine, 2012). Reidel’s poems have appeared in the journals including The New Yorker and The Paris Review. His poetry collections include My Window Seat for Arlena Twigg (Black Lawrence Press, 2006) and the forthcoming Jim’s Book (Spring 2013). During his stay at James Merrill House he will be working on a longer poetry collection, a translation of Robert Walser’s minidramas for New Directions and on the collected poems of Georg Trakl for Black Lawrence Press (both with the Swiss poet Daniele Pantano). He will also be working on his book about Manon Gropius, a microhistory of the daughter of Walter Gropius, Alma Mahler, and Franz Werfel that looks at their lives as well as others during the interwar period.