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Zachary Kluckman

Author's Bio

Zachary Kluckman is a multi-award winning author, poet and spoken word artist recently named the 2014 Slam Artist of the Year at the National Poetry Awards. A two-time member of the Albuquerque National Poetry Slam team, and touring artist, he has performed across the nation, sharing the stage with many of the top artists in the world. His writing, performances and workshops around the world have earned him distinction, but at heart he is an activist, youth advocate and community organizer. In 2014 he received a Gold Medal award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as a Teacher for his work with young writers. He is a founding organizer of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change program, an annual event involving artists and activists in over 100 countries, recognized as the largest poetry reading in history. Kluckman serves as the Spoken Word Editor for the Pedestal magazine and is the author of three books including Per-City Poems (Dichotomy Dances Press, 2006), the Red Mountain Press National Poetry Prize winning Animals in Our Flesh (Red Mountain Press, 2013), and Some of It is Muscle (Swimming With Elephants Publications, 2014), a finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. He has also edited two anthologies, including the New Mexico Book Awards finalist, Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Anthology (Horse & Tiger Press, 2007) and Trigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life (Swimming With Elephants Publications, 2014).

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Some of It is Muscle (Swimming With Elephants Publications, 2014), Trigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life anthology (Swimming With Elephants Publications, 2014), Animals In Our Flesh (Red Mountain Press, 2012)
Anthologies:
Multiverse (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), Looking Back to Place: A Harwood Anthology (Old School Books, 2008), American Open Mike Volume 1 (ChicagoPoetry.com, 2006), American Open Mike Volume 2 (ChicagoPoetry.com, 2006)
Journals:
Blue Earth Review, Cause and Effect Magazine, Contemporary Literary Review India, CutThroat, Dance to Death, Dos Passos Review, Green Fuse, Inscape, Interrobang, Mad Hatters' Review, Malpais Review, Memoir (and), New York Quarterly, Plain Spoke, Red Fez, Sage Trail, Shadow Poetry
Performances:
National Hispanic Cultural Center - Albuquerque, NM (2008), The X Theater, University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM (2008), Outpost Performance Space - Albuquerque, NM (2007), Pagosa Springs Community Center - Colorado (2007), Bookworks (), Church of Beethoven (), Duende Poetry Series (), Mercury Cafe (), NM Higher Education Conference (), Phoenix Poetry Series (), Sedona Poetry Slam (), Spirit of Hope Gala (), The National Poetry Awards ()
Prizes:
2014 National Poetry Awards - Slam Artist of the Year 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medal Teacher 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist Red Mountain Press National Poetry Prize 2012 Nominated for Best of the Net 2009 Nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry 2009

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty by Tony Hoagland, Words for Empty, Words for Full by Bob Hicok, Brass Girl Brouhaha by Adrien Blevins, Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
Favorite Books:
I Sing the Body Electric, 100 Years of Solitude, The Prophet, Of Mice and Men, Neon Vernacular, Watchers, The Colour of Magic, Slaughter-House Five, Cat's Cradle, etc.
Favorite Authors:
Kurt Vonnegut, Kahlil Ghibran, Jim Butcher, John Steinbeck,Yusef Komunyakaa, Bob Hicok, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, JRR Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, etc.

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Listing last updated: October 9, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Caucasian
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Ozona, TX
Raised in:
Albuquerque, NM

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