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William Ford

Author's Bio

When the words spark and connect, I feel a special joy even though, say, the subject may be the personal blues (Yeats, Eliot, Vassar Miller, Kooser, Hugo), arty playfulness (Stevens, Knott, Sexton, Matthews)or the horror of public life (Auden, Hecht, Rich, Forche, Ginsberg).

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Past Present Imperfect (Turning Point, 2006), The Graveyard Picnic (Mid-America Press, 2002)
Chapbooks:
Descending with Miles (Pudding House Publications, 2015), Allen & Ellen (Pudding House Publications, 2010)
Anthologies:
The Second Set (Indiana University Press, 1996), Voices on the Landscape (Loess Hills Press, 1996)
Journals:
Brilliant Corners, Hamilton Stone Review, Iowa Review, Miller's Pond, Nashville Review, New Letters, North American Review, Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, The Monarch Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin
Prizes:
2001 Writing Award from Mid-America Press for the book "The Graveyard Picnic"

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powell, The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, Elegy by Larry Levis, We Are the Bus by James McKean, If I Had Wheels or Love by Vassar Miller
Favorite Books:
The Bible, A Good Man is Hard To Find, Ulysses, Leaves of Grass, The Sun Also Rises, The Abolition of Man, King Lear, Paradise Lost, Canterbury Tales
Favorite Authors:
Shakespeare, Herbert, Keats, Hopkins, Hardy, Whitman, Dickinson, Carver,Melville, Joyce, Dickens, Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Stevens, Frost,Lowell, Auden, O'Connor, Dillard

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: January 16, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Caucasian, Celtic American
Prefers to work with:
Adults
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Mt. Vernon, WA
Raised in:
Los Angeles, CA

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