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Traci Brimhall

Known for her frequent marriage of the ordinary with the surreal, Traci Brimhall has authored two previous collections of poetry: Our Lady of the Ruins, selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery, selected by Michelle Boisseau for the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Some of her work has been featured in Best American Poetry 2013 & 2014, and she has received numerous fellowships, including a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the 2012 Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi, and scholarships and fellowships to the Breadloaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She holds degrees from Florida State University (BA), Sarah Lawrence College (MFA), and Western Michigan University (PhD), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.

   

Barnard Women Poets Prize, for Our Lady of the Ruins, 2011

 

“[Brimhall’s book] is poetry for the new century; awake to the world, spiritually profound, and radiant with lyric intelligence.” Caroyln Forché

 

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, for Rookery, 2009

 

Finalist, ForeWord Book of the Year Award, for Rookery, 2009

 

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, 2013

 

Meralmikjen Fellowship in Poetry, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, 2014

 

Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2011

 

Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi, 2012

 

Named, along with Matthew Dickman and Dean Young, one of “Five Poets With Punch” in NPR’s series “Best Books of 2012” for Our Lady of the Ruins

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