Melissa Tuckey

Ithaca, NY 14850

Author's Bio

Melissa Tuckey is a poet, writer, translator and literary activist living in Ithaca, New York. She is author of Tenuous Chapel a book of poems selected by poet Charles Simic for ABZ First Book Prize (forthcoming March 2013); and Rope as Witness, a chapbook published by Pudding House Press. In addition, she's a co-translator (with Chun Ye and Phillipe et Fiona Lorrain) of Dead Moon, a book of poems by Yang Zi, a contemporary Chinese poet. Melissa Tuckey has a background in environmental activism, and is a co-founder (with Sarah Browning and others) of Split This Rock, a national organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness.

Publications and Prizes

Rope as Witness
(Pudding House Publications, 2007)
Beltway Poetry Quarterly Anthology
(Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 2006)
, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds,
(City Lights Publishers, 2013)
, DC Poets Against the War
(DC Poets Against the War, 2005)
, Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing
(University of Arizona Press, 2009)
Appalachian Heritage, Beloit Poetry Journal, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Eleven Eleven, Gargoyle Magazine, Hayden's Ferry Review, On the Issues, Painted Bride Quarterly, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Poetry International, Saranac Review, Shankpainter, Southeast Review, A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, Witness
Prizes Won: 
Fine Arts Work Center, Winter Residency, Provincetown, Ma, 2009-2010 Finalist, first book prizes: New Issues Press; Perugia; Hudson Prize, Elixir, and others. DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, Individual Artist Award, 2008 Blue Mountain Center Writer’s Residency, August, 2005 Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Award, 2001

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Any, Veterans
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Oak Ridge
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Cincinnati, OH
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Last updated: Jan 14, 2013