Solar   (Fence Books, 2015)

Birch   (Ahsahta Press, 2015)

Sublimation   (Little Red Leaves, 2015)

Identity   (Cannibal Books, 2009)

Glinting   (Zeta Function, 2008)

Alpine   (White Queen, 2007)


If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems   (University of Minnesota Press, 2016)

The Arcadia Project   (Ahsahta Press, 2012)

Selected Poems


In Print:

Book Translations

The Figure Outward, by Jean Daive – Translation of L'énonciateur des extremes (Éditions NOUS, 2012) – Forthcoming from La Presse


Kevin Holden is a poet, critic, and translator. He is currently a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is the author of six books and chapbooks of poetry, including SOLAR, which won the 2014 Fence Modern Poets Prize, and BIRCH, which won the 2014 Ahsahta Chapbook Award. His translations of poetry from French, German, and Russian have also been published, most recently in Double Change, Pyramid, and Aufgabe. He studied at Harvard (AB), Cambridge (MPhil), Iowa (MFA), and Yale (PhD). At the Writers' Workshop he was an Iowa Arts Fellow and then taught as a Provost Postgraduate Fellow. His dissertation in comparative literature at Yale concerns nonparaphrasable meaning in poetry and its relation to alterity. The book considers the work of several poets and philosophers of a number of European languages writing mostly in the 19th and 20th Centuries. He works also on ontology, modern art, and queer theory. He has taught as a visiting lecturer at Bard College several times and is currently the poet-in-residence of Kirkland House at Harvard. He is also an activist and cares a great deal about trees.