Raisor, Philip 1938-

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Raisor, Philip 1938-


Born October 1, 1938, in Muncie, IN; son of Floyd (a teacher and school system supervisor) and Catherine (a homemaker) Raisor; married Juanita Waln (a newspaper editor); children: Staci, Brenton, J. Bradford. Education: Attended University of Kansas, 1956-58; Louisiana State University, B.A., 1960, M.A., 1966; Kent State University, Ph.D., 1973.


Home—Virginia Beach, VA. Office— Department of English, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0078.


Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, instructor in English, 1962-66; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, assistant professor, 1969-74, associate professor, 1974-2003, professor of English, 2003—, founder and director of Literary Arts Festival, 1978, founder of International Writers Center, 1994. Indiana University, Gary Campus, adjunct instructor, 1964-66; judge of poetry competitions; gives readings from his works. James Joyce Foundation, member.


Associated Writers and Writing Programs (member of board of directors, 1978-83, 1988-95), American Conference of Irish Studies, Poets and Writers, New Virginia Review (president, 1979-81), Phi Kappa Phi (past president).


Grants from Virginia Commission for the Arts, Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Verizon Corp.


(Editor and contributor) Tuned and under Tension: The Recent Poetry of W.D. Snodgrass, University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE), 1998.

Outside Shooter: A Memoir, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 2003.

Work represented in anthologies, including Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, edited by Alan F. Pater, Monitor (Beverly Hills, CA), 1981, 1984; The Book of the Toad: A Natural and Magical History of Toad-Human Relations, edited by Robert M. DeGraaff, Park Street Press (Rochester, VT), 1991; and Sea of Voices, Isle of Story: An Anthology, edited by Celeste Mergens and Marian Blue, Triple Tree Press (Eugene, OR), 2003. Columnist, NVR Letter, 1979-80. Contributor of articles, poetry, and reviews to periodicals, including Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Poetry Northwest, Tennessee Studies in Literature, South Dakota Review, Studies in English Literature, Contemporary Literature, Victorian Poetry, Quest, Sewanee Review, Prairie, and Tar River Poetry. ODU Magazine, member of editorial board, 1976-77; New Virginia Review, managing editor, 1980-81.



Raisor, Philip, Outside Shooter: A Memoir, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 2003.


Sewanee Review, fall, 2004, Peter Makuck, review of Outside Shooter, pp. cxvii-cxix.

Tar River Poetry, fall, 2000, Patrick Bizzaro, review of Tuned and under Tension: The Recent Poetry of W.D. Snodgrass, pp. 55-57.