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Alan Albert

Author's Bio

My poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including The American Poetry Review, Kansas Quarterly, the Mississippi Review, and Poetry East. I have an audio recording of my poem on divorce on the online journal, The Cortland Review. In 2010 I was awarded an Artist Residency Grant at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. I've been a finalist and semi-finalist in the Artists Grants Program in poetry of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and First Prize winner of the Third Annual Boston University Alumni Poetry Competition and the Worcester County Poetry Association Annual Competition. I've studied with Alan Shapiro, Tom Sleigh, Vijay Seshadri, Fred Marchant, Bruce Weigl, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, Thomas Lux, Karl Shapiro, Marvin Bell, and Philip Dacey. I've been a participant in the William Joiner Center, University of Massachusetts, Boston; the Palm Beach Poetry Festival; the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop; and the Aspen Writers’ Conference. I've given many readings at venues in the Boston area, including the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, the Brookline Poetry Series, the Newton Free Library, Newtonville Books, Porter Square Books in Cambridge, and the Chapter and Verse Poetry Series in Jamaica Plain. I am a clinical psychologist in Newton, Massachusetts, have a son, and live with my partner, Susan Nisenbaum Becker.

Publications and Prizes

Fragments of the Natural (forthcoming) (WordTech Editions, 2015)
Mercy of Tides: Poems For A Beach House (Salt Marsh Pottery Press, 2003)
American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, California Quarterly, Grub Street, Kansas Quarterly, Madrona, Mississippi Review, New Infinity Review, Obras Magazine, Poetry East, Poetry Now, Santa Clara Review, SW Review, Talking Writing, The Cortland Review, Wisconsin Review, Worcester Review, Y'Bird
I've been Finalist and Semi-finalist in poetry in the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Fellowship Program. I was First Prize Winner of the Third Annual Boston University Alumni Poetry Competition and First Prize Winner of the Worcester County Poetry Association Annual Competition. I have been awarded writing residencies from the Banff Centre in Banff, Canada and from the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Abundance of Nothing by Bruce Weigl, Bewilderment by David Ferry, Quick Question by John Ashbery, Bye and Bye by Charles Wright, Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
Favorite Books:
Too many to list. But some recently recurring ones are When Things Fall apart, by Pema Chödrön, and Bye and Bye, by Charles Wright. Wright's book can be read more than once, as a great long meditation. Well worth the time.
Favorite Authors:
Again, too many to list, but some recurring voices are Mark Strand, Charles Wright, James Tate, Robert Bly, Lydia Davis, Vijay Seshadri, Brenda Hillman. There are many more, of course

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Listing last updated: August 30, 2014

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