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Since I've started writing, I've come out with three published poetry collections: Earth Elegance (March Abrazo Press, Chicago, 2000) poems on animals and the environment; Swimmer’s Prayer (Missing Spoke Press, Seattle, 1999), poems about Chicago, favorably reviewed in the American Library Association Booklist magazine; and Night Ribbons (Polar Bear Press, Chicago, 1990). I appear on the Chicago Public Library’s list of “Top Ten Requested Chicago Poets,” and was named one of “100 Women Making a Difference” by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine. I have received five CAAP/NAP grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs for both poetry and theater writing, and have been honored by the Illinois Library Association and the Illinois State Library. My poems are featured in Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Up the Jams (Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, 2010), Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology (University of Iowa Press, 2002) and Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation (University of Iowa Press, 1999). Pearson/Scott Foresman recently published three of my short plays, which appear in its middle school textbooks. In 2007, I won Grand Prize, Poem for Chicago, through chicagopoetry.com, and I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the same organization in 2011. More than 100 of my poems have been published in small press magazines and anthologies. My most recent publications are a poetry chapbook, "Omnivore Odes: Poems About Food, Herbs and Spices" (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and a nonfiction reference/memoir/how-to "Frugal Poets' Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren't a Poet" (2016).
Dr. Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and the The Loss of All Lost Things. At-Risk was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award, The First Horizon Award, and the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award. Now We Will Be Happy was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Award and a USA Best Book Award. The Loss of All Lost Things was awarded the Elixir Press Award in Fiction. Her stories have been honored with the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, the Danahy Prize, the Jack Dyer Prize, the Lamar York Prize, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, and the William Richey Award as well as fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, Breadloaf Writer's Conference, Hawthornden, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, MacDowell Colony, Prairie Center of the Arts, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Writers in the Heartland, as well as artist grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Eighty-five of her short stories have been published, appearing in Antioch Review, Callaloo, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train Stories, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, and Southern Review among other places. She currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami.