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Roy Bentley

Author's Bio

Roy Bentley has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. His poems have appeared in the Southern Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Pleiades, Blackbird, Sou’wester, American Literary Review and elsewhere. He has published nine chapbooks and four books of poetry, including The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana, which won the White Pine Poetry Prize and was published by White Pine in 2006. His fourth collection, Starlight Taxi, is the winner of the 2012 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry and has just been published by Lynx House Press.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Starlight Taxi (Lynx House Press, 2013), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine Press, 2006), Any One Man (Bottom Dog Press, 1992), Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama Press, 1986)
Chapbooks:
The Idiot's Guide to the Afterlife (Pudding House Publications, 2009), Funerals in the South (Pudding House Publications, 2008), Woman & Alligator: The Florida Poems (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Strange Privacies (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2006), Bentley Hotel (Pudding House Publications, 2005), Greatest Hits: 1980-2001 (Pudding House Publications, 2002), Reparation (Pudding House Publications, 2001), The Edge of Heaven (Bottom Dog Press, 1988), The Way into Town (Signpost Press, 1984)
Journals:
American Literary Review, Blackbird, Drunken Boat, Florida Review, Indiana Review, Laurel Review, Margie, Mid-American Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, New Virginia Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Ohio Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Sou'wester, Southern Review
Prizes:
Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry (NEA); six-time Ohio Arts Council individual artist fellowship recipient in poetry; an Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in 2009.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Live from the Homesick Jamboree by Adrian Blevins
Favorite Books:
Humboldt's Gift (Saul Bellow); The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald); The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck); The Hustler (Walter S. Tevis)
Favorite Authors:
Fiction: Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Twain, Walter Tevis, Lee Martin, Henning Menkell; poetry: Stanley Plumly, David Baker, Martin Espada, Billy Collins, Jorie Graham, Peter Schmitt

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Listing last updated: December 23, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Appalachian
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Dayton, OH
Raised in:
Dayton and Heath, OH

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