Poet Bios 2013-2014

Biography Archive

Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, and of Small Gods of Grief which was awarded the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry. Her third poetry collection, A New Hunger, was selected as an ALA Notable Book in 2008. She is the editor of four anthologies. Fluent in four languages, she has translated American poetry into French, as well as French and Flemish poetry into English. She teaches at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Malachi Black

Malachi Black is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), and two limited-edition chapbooks: Quarantine (Argos Books, 2012) and Echolocation (Float Press, 2010). His poems appear or are forthcoming in AGNI, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Narrative, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review, among other journals, and in several recent anthologies, including Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Yale U.P., 2013), Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review (Iowa Review, 2012), and The Poet's Quest for God Eyewear Publishing [U.K.], 2014). The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Black has since received fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Emory University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the University of Texas at Austin's Michener Center for Writers, the University of Utah, and Yaddo. Black was the subject of an Emerging Poet profile by Mark Jarman in the Fall 2011 issue of the Academy of American Poets' magazine, American Poet, and his work has several times been set to music and has been featured in exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad. He is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego.

Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is the author of City of a Hundred Fires(1998), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), One Today(2013), Boston Strong (2013), and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey(2013). In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor. His poems have appeared in countless literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Prose Poems and Ploughshares. Blanco has received numerous honors for his writings and performances, including an honorary doctorate from Macalester College and being named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He is currently working on a full-length memoir and is collaborating with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey on a children's book.

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was published by Copper Canyon Press. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University.

Katie Chaple

Katie Chaple is editor of Terminus Magazine and teaches writing at the University of West Georgia. Her poems have recently appeared in such journals as 32 Poems, Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, and others. Katie recently won Southern Humanities Review's Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for poetry.

Theresa Davis

Theresa Davis is one of Atlanta's best known performance poets, giving voice to the things that you've been thinking but never could articulate. Theresa has forged an impressive career as a solo performer, winning poetry slams and featuring at spoken word venues around Atlanta and the nation, as well as leading writing and performance workshops and headlining conferences across the southeast. She is a member of The Word Diversity Collective/Art Amok and represented Atlanta as a member of the 2006 - 2011 Art Amok Slam Team. In March of 2011 Theresa was ranked #1 female slam poet in the world as the winner of the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Travis Wayne Denton

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Travis Wayne Denton lives in Atlanta where he is the Associate Director of Poetry @ Tech and Editor of Terminus Magazine.  He will complete his MFA at Georgia State University, where he also teaches, in December 2006.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and magazines such as Greensboro Review, Rattle, The South Carolina Review, The Baltimore Review, and many others.  His work will also be featured in the upcoming anthology Evensong:  Contemporary American Poems of Spirituality.  He is a two-time nominee for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry Magazine, winner of a poetry prize from the Tulane Review and a writing award from Agnes Scott College Writer’s Festival.  His latest manuscript is Leaving the Body Behind.

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Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel's most recent book of poetry Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her other books include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005), and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001). The guest editor for The Best American Poetry 2013, she is a professor at Florida International University in Miami.

Esther Lee

Esther Lee has written Spit, a poetry collection selected for the Elixir Press Poetry Prize (2011) and her chapbook, The Blank Missives (Trafficker Press, 2007). Her poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Verse Daily, Salt Hill, Lantern Review, Good Foot, Swink, Hyphen, Born Magazine, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University where she served as Editor-in-Chief for Indiana Review. She has been awarded the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, the Utah Writer's Contest Award for Poetry (selected by Brenda Shaughnessy), the Snowcroft Prose Prize (selected by Susan Steinberg), as well as twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She recently received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Utah. She teaches as an assistant professor at Agnes Scott College.

Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Nguyen Phan Que Mai one of the most exciting writers to emerge from post-war Vietnam, is the author of four poetry collections and translator of six. Her literary awards include the Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Hanoi Writers Association; First Prize in the Poetry about Hanoi competition from Vietnam's Literature Newspaper and Hanoi Radio & Television; the Capital's Literature & Arts Award from the Hanoi Union of Literature & Arts Associations, among others. Her poems have been featured at major international poetry festivals including the First Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival; the Qinghai International Poetry Festival; and the International Poetry Festival of Medellin, Colombia. Que Mai is the Honorary Fellow of Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is the first Vietnamese writer whose work is published as part of the prestigious Lannan Selection Translations Series. According to BOA Editions, The Secret of Hoa Sen, Que Mai's first full-length U.S. publication, shines with craft, art, and deeply felt humanity.

Seth Michelson

Seth Michelson's most recent book of poetry is Eyes Like Broken Windows (Press 53, 2012), winner of the poetry category of the 2013 International Book Awards. He also is the author of the chapbooks House in a Hurricane (Big Table Publishing, 2010), Kaddish for my Unborn Son (Pudding House Publications, 2009), and Maestro of Brutal Splendor (Jeanne Duval Editions, 2005). His poetry translations include the book The Ghetto (Point of Contact, 2011), which is his rendering of El ghetto (Sudamericana, 2003), by the internationally acclaimed Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain, and Roly Poly (Toad Press, 2014), which is his translation of Bicho Bola (Yauguru, 2012), by the young Uruguayan poet Victoria Estol. His translation of the selected poetry of the renowned Indian poet Rati Saxena is forthcoming as Dreaming in Another Land (Kritya, 2014). He holds an M.F.A. in poetry and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, and he is a professor of the poetry of the Americas at Washington and Lee University. He welcomes contact through his website, sethmichelson.com.

Ginger Murchison

Ginger Murchison assisted Thomas Lux in the founding of POETRY at TECH. Her chapbook Out Here was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2008. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she has published articles, book reviews, and interviews, and her poems have appeared in recent publications of Horticulture, Atlanta Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Terminus Magazine and several anthologies, including Volumes II and III of Java Monkey Speaks: A Poetry Anthology. Editor of the acclaimed Cortland Review, she lives with her husband Clyde Mynatt in Atlanta.

Tim Seibles

Tim Seibles born in Philadelphia in 1955, is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. His first book, Body Moves, (1988) has just been re-released by Carnegie Mellon U. Press as part of their Contemporary Classics series. His latest, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. In 2013 he received the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Misericordia University for his literary accomplishments. Most recently, he received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award for Fast Animal, given triennially for a collection of poems.

During the spring semester of 2010, Tim was poet-in-residence at Bucknell University. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he also enjoyed a seven-month writing fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts. His poetry is featured in several anthologies; among them are: Rainbow Darkness; The Manthology; Autumn House Contemporary American Poetry; Black Nature; Evensong; Villanelles; and Sunken Garden Poetry. His poem "Allison Wolff" was included in Best American Poetry 2010 and, most recently, his poem "Sotto Voce: Othello, Unplugged" was featured in Best American Poetry 2013.

He has been a workshop leader for Cave Canem, a writer's retreat for African American poets, and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation, another organization dedicated to developing black writers. Tim is visiting faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in Writing Program sponsored by the University of Southern Maine. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is a member of the English and MFA in writing faculty at Old Dominion University.

Ron Smith

Ron Smith is the author of the books Its Ghostly Workshop, Moon Road: Poems 1986-2005, and Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery (1988). Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery was judged by Margaret Atwood "a close runner-up" for the National Poetry Series Open Competition and was subsequently published by University Presses of Florida. Moon Road and Its Ghostly Workshop were published by L.S.U. Press. Smith's books have been highly praised by reviewers and by distinguished writers. Ron Smith's work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The Nation, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Kansas Quarterly, Blackbird, Puerto del Sol, and Verse. His poems have also appeared in a number of anthologies published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Italy.

Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl is the author of thirteen collections of poetry, most recently The Abundance of Nothing, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for 2012, After the Others (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 1999), Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems (Grove, Atlantic Press, 2000), The Unraveling Strangeness (Grove, Atlantic Press, 2002), and Declension in the Village of Chung Luong (Ausable Books, March 2006). He has translated poetry from the Vietnamese and the Romanian including Poems from Captured Documents, co-translated from the Vietnamese with NguyenThanh (U-Mass Press, 1994), Angel Riding A Beast, translated from the Romanian with the author, Liliana Ursu (Northwestern University Press, 1998), and Mountain River: Poetry from the Wars in Vietnam: 1945-1995, co-edited and co-translated with Nguyen Ba Chung and Kevin Bowen (U-Mass Press, 1998), and most recently, The Secret of Hoa Sen, forthcoming in Octobe from BOA Editions as part of their Lannan Translation Series. In addition he has edited or co-edited three collections of criticism, most recently Charles Simic: Essays on the Poetry (U. of Michigan Press, 1996), as well as an anthology, Between the Lines: Writing on War and its Social Consequences co-edited with Kevin Bowen (U-mass. Press, 1996). His poetry, translations, essays and reviews have appeared widely and in such forums as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harpers, The American Poetry Review, The Harvard Review and The New Republic. His poetry has been translated into Vietnamese, Spanish, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Serbian, Chinese, Dutch, German and French. For his work he has been awarded the Pushcart Prize twice, an award from the Academy of American Poets, a Breadloaf and Yaddo Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, The Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohioana Poetry Prize, an award for "contributions to American Culture" from the Vietnam Veterans of America, The Robert Creeley Award for Poetry, and a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry. In 2003 he chaired the judging panel for the National Book Award in Poetry. He is past president of the Associated Writing Programs.