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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 ten 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 is available from Lynx House Press in Spokane, WA.

Publications and Prizes

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)
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)
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
Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry (NEA); 6-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:
Field Guide by Robert Hass
Favorite Books:
Humboldt's Gift (Saul Bellow); The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald); The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck); The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth (Walter S. Tevis)
Favorite Authors:
Fiction: Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Twain, Walter Tevis, Lee Martin, Henning Menkell; poetry: Stanley Plumly, Robert Hass, Martin Espada, Billy Collins, Jorie Graham

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Listing last updated: July 20, 2016

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Dayton, OH
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Dayton and Heath, OH

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