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Lafayette Wattles

Author's Bio

“The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other” (Ernest Hemingway). I tend to employ humor while writing about some of the wreck that I have lived or witnessed, but from the perspective of characters who overcome the wreck, who thrive not just in spite of it, but perhaps because of it. My intention with my poetry and my fiction, after all, is to inspire hope.

Publications and Prizes

Journals:
Blood Orange Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Cicada, Eclectica, Gastronomica, inch, Inkwell, Juked, Pirene's Fountain, Plain Spoke, Poemeleon, poeticdiversity, Stirring: A Literary Collection, The Centrifugal Eye, The Dirty Napkin, Word Riot
Prizes:
Ucross Fellowship, Best of the Net 2008 & 2009 (for poetry), Best in Show Catherine Connelly Award (multiple times), Jesse Stuart Award (for young adult fiction) . . .

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Book of Men by Dorianne Laux, Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs, How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Favorite Books:
To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, Of Mice and Men, The Sound and the Fury, Feed, Fat Kid Rules the World, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Buffalo Tree, Rule of the Bone, Dancing Alone Around the Room, Poetry 180
Favorite Authors:
Harper Lee, Billy Collins, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Twain, M.T. Anderson, Adam Rapp, Russell Banks, Tony Hoagland, Mary Oliver, Dorianne Laux, KL Going, KL Cook

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Listing last updated: December 20, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Caucasian, Native American
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Elmira, NY
Raised in:
Elmira, NY

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