Thomas Travisano is the founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society. His acclaimed new biography
Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, is newly released from Viking / Penguin.
Thomas Travisano is author of Elizabeth Bishop: Her Artistic Development and Midcentury Quartet: Bishop, Lowell, Jarrell, Berryman. He is principal editor of the acclaimed Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell and served as co-editor of Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century the three-volume New Anthology of American Poetry and Gendered Modernisms: American Women Poets and Their Readers.
Travisano’s work on Love Unknown has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. He is Emeritus Professor of English at Hartwick College.
His biography of Elizabeth Bishop, Love Unknown: the Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, was released November 5, 2019 by Viking, an imprint of Penguin/Random House.
Travisano is principal editor, with Saskia Hamilton, of the acclaimed Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008)
Words in Air was reviewed with high praise in the print, broadcast, and electronic media (including National Public Radio, The NY Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah, and elsewhere). Writing in the Boston Globe, William H. Pritchard said, “The task of assembling and editing [these letters] has been filled in an exemplary manner by Thomas Travisano, author of an excellent critical study of Elizabeth Bishop”. Selections of the letters have been published in many journals, including Poetry (Chicago) and American Poetry Review.
The New Anthology of American Literature was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice. His article, “Elizabeth Bishop and Biography,” is the lead essay in The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop.
An Emeritus Professor of English at Hartwick College, Travisano was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2013. He twice served as Hartwick’s Wandersee Scholar in Residence, twice held the Cora A. Babcock Chair in English, and is a winner of Hartwick’s Teacher–Scholar Award.
During Elizabeth Bishop’s 2011 centennial, Travisano traveled the globe speaking to conferences and symposia on the poet, her work, and editing her posthumous work and letters.