Rae Gouirand’s first collection of poetry, Open Winter, was selected by Elaine Equi for the 2011 Bellday Prize, won a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award for Poetry and the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry, and the California Book Award for Poetry. Her new work has appeared most recently in American Poetry Review, VOLT, The Brooklyner, The Rumpus, The Hat, The California Journal of Poetics, New South, Hobart, ZYZZYVA, Barrow Street, [PANK] online, and in a Distinguished Poet feature for The Inflectionist Review.
An alum of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Michigan, Rae has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and Kalani, as well as an award from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation for outstanding work by emerging poets. Since putting down western roots in 2003, she has founded numerous community workshops in poetry and prose throughout California’s Central Valley, served as Writer-in-Residence for the nation’s only conservancy-sponsored public arts program at Cache Creek Nature Preserve, and worked with the literary nonprofit Memoir Journal to develop a national platform for the (In)Visible Memoirs project, a grant-funded program facilitating writing workshops in underserved communities. A recent guest editor for a special issue of Adanna in tribute to Adrienne Rich, Nonfiction Editor for California Northern magazine, and lecturer in the Department of English at UC-Davis, she currently helps judge the Triangle Awards for The Publishing Triangle and leads the online workshops SCRIBE LAB and Keywords from her home base in Davis. An upcoming (Fall 2014) guest editor for OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, she is at work on a second collection of poems and a collection of linked essays.
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