Stephen Cramer

Stephen Cramer earned a BA from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and an MA in creative writing from City College New York (CCNY). 

Cramer is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Disintegration Loops (Serving House Books, 2021); The Hot Sauce Madness Love Burn Suite (Serving House Books, 2020); Bone Music (Trio House Press, 2016), selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2015 Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence; From the Hip: A Concise History of Hip Hop (in sonnets) (Wind Ridge Books, 2014); Tongue & Groove (University of Illinois Press, 2007); and Shiva’s Drum (University of Illinois Press, 2004), selected by Grace Schulman for the National Poetry Series. He is also the editor of Turn It Up!: Music in Poetry from Jazz to Hip-Hop (Sundog Poetry, 2020). With Alejandro Merizalde, he was the co-translator of A Jar of Moon Air: Selected Poems of Jaime Sabines (Literal Press, 2017).

Cramer’s other honors include the Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the Alice M. Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets, which he received in 1998. He has also been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes.

An assistant poetry editor at Green Mountains Review, Cramer is also a senior lecturer in the English department at the University of Vermont and lives in Burlington, Vermont.