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Charles Jensen

Author's Bio

Charles Jensen is the author of The First Risk and three chapbooks, which was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award in Poetry. His chapbooks include Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Michigan Press, 2007). A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, The Journal, New England Review, spork, and West Branch. He holds an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University. He is the founding editor of the online poetry magazine LOCUSPOINT, which explores creative work on a city-by-city basis. He serves as director of The Writer's Center, one of the nation's largest independent literary centers, on the board of directors of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and was recently elected to the Emerging Leader Council of Americans for the Arts.

Publications and Prizes

The First Risk (Lethe Press, 2009)
The Nanopedia Quick Reference Pocket Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture (MiPOesias, 2012), The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Michigan Press, 2007), Living Things (Thorngate Road, 2006), Little Burning Edens (Red Mountain, 2005)
Anti-, Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, New England Review, Spork, The Collagist, The Journal, West Branch, Willow Springs
Red Mountain Review Chapbook Award, 2005 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Award, 2006 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist's Project Grant, 2007 Entrepreneurial Advantage Grant (Arizona State University), 2007

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History of the Dead Douglas Coupland, Microserfs Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves Mary Gaitskill, Veronica Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude Carole Maso, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat Pamela Painter, The Long and Short of It Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Tim Dlugos, Powerless Patrick Donnelly, The Charge Mark Doty, School of the Arts Jim Elledge, The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day Louise Glück, Meadlowlands Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Lie Awake Lake Tony Hoagland, What Narcissism Means to Me D. A. Powell, Tea Claudia Rankine, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Adrienne Rich, Diving Into the Wreck David St John, The Face Richard Siken, Crush Juliana Spahr, Fuck You—Aloha—I Love You C. D. Wright, Deepstep Come Shining

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Listing last updated: February 7, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
Caucasian, European American, G/L/B/T, Scandinavian American
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in:
Born in:
Eagle, WI
Raised in:
Eagle, WI

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