Eric Greinke

Photo by Jerry Herrema

American poet Eric Greinke, b. 1948, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Vietnam Era. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University, in addition to undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology. Greinke has been active in the American small press since the late sixties. He has worked in the Michigan Poets In The Schools Program, taught Creative Writing at Grand Rapids City School, and was the editor and founder of GVSU’s national literary magazine Amaranthus (currently The Grand Valley Review). Greinke attended poetry workshops during the 70’s with Ted Berrigan, Paul Blackburn, Robert Bly, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Jerome Rothenberg, Jackson MacLow and Phillip Whalen, among others. As editor and publisher of Pilot Press Books from 1972-1977, he published many of the important poets of that period, including Robert Hayden, John Woods, Ben Tibbs, Herbert Woodward Martin, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Dudley Randall, Albert Drake and others. During the 80’s and 90’s, he stopped publishing his literary work to devote himself full-time to social work with emotionally and developmentally disabled children and adolescents. His return to poetry was marked by the publication of his Selected Poems 1972-2005. In the past six years, Eric Greinke has addressed the issues of literary politics and poetic freedom through his essays and his poetry. He has been a champion of eclecticism, diversity and tolerance on the too often divided literary scene. His poetic style is wide ranging and has been influenced by French surrealism, the deep image and New York schools. He has done a critically-acclaimed translation of Rimbaud and has been an enthusiastic collaborator with other prominent poets such as Hugh Fox, Harry Smith, Richard Kostelanetz and John Elsberg. Greinke’s poetry, essays, reviews and social criticism have been widely published in literary magazines, newspapers and online in venues such as the Aurorean, Cape Rock Poetry, Freshwater Literary Journal, Gargoyle, Ginyu (Japan), The Green Door (Belgium), Home Planet News, The Journal (UK), Lake Effect: An International Literary Journal, Main Street Rag, The New York Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, Pinyon, Plainsongs, Poem, Prosopisia (India), Schuylkill Valley  Journal, The South Carolina Review, Switchback, Trajectory and The University of Tampa Review. His works have been translated into several languages, including French, Italian, Serbo-Croatian and Japanese. He is married with three adult children.