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Gregory Byrd

Author's Bio

My poetry is often connected to placeness and to mythology, but is rooted in concrete things and often in working class life. My poems just as often mention Winslow Homer or Bach as they do dovetail joints or rusted pocket knives. My later poems have concerned a brush with cancer; those poems should appear in my second book, Blessing the House. As a teacher, I've worked with veterans and a variety of students at St. Petersburg College. Their poems are startlingly varied and deep.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Salt and Iron (Snake Nation Press, 2014)
Chapbooks:
At Penuel (Split Oak Press, 2011), Florida Straits (Yellow Jacket Press, 2005)
Journals:
Apalachee Quarterly, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cortland Review, International Quarterly, Tampa Review
Prizes:
Yellow Jacket Prize (2005) Academy of American Poets Prize (1989) Fulbright Fellowship (2011)

Gregory Byrd Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The End of Night by Paul Bogard, Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Hanh
Favorite Books:
In Our Time, Walden, The Odyssey, Frost's complete poems, Paul Zweig's Eternity's Woods, et al
Favorite Authors:
Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Tennyson, Wilfred Owen, James Dickey, Mary Oliver, et al

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: July 15, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Reno, NV
Raised in:
Key Largo, FL

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