April Ossmann

P.O. Box 232
Brownsville, VT 05037

Author's Bio

April Ossmann is the author of EVENT BOUNDARIES (a finalist for the VT Book Award) and ANXIOUS MUSIC, and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and New England Review, and in anthologies including FROM THE FISHOUSE. She has also published essays including Thinking Like an Editor: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript (Poets & Writers, March/April 2011). Former executive director of Alice James Books (2000 – 2008), she owns a poetry consulting business, offering manuscript editing and publishing advice to poets. She is a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe, and teaches private tutorials and poetry workshops using a method she developed to teach poets to revise their work objectively. She lives in West Windsor, Vermont.

Publications and Prizes

(Four Way Books, 2007)
(Four Way Books, 2017)
Contemporary Poetry of New England
(University Press of New England, 2002)
, From the Fishouse
(Persea Books, 2009)
, Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry
(Green Writers Press, 2017)
, The Maine Poets: An Anthology of Verse
(Down East Books, 2003)
Antioch Review, Apostrophe, Berkeley Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Cumberland River Review, Folio, Georgetown Review, Harvard Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Inertia Magazine, Interim, Isle, MiPOesias, New England Review, Passages North, Poetry Northwest, Post Road, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Santa Clara Review, Seneca Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Laurel Review, Third Coast, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Women's Voices for Change
Prizes Won: 
2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant; 2000 Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award; 1999 Editor's Prize, awarded by Folio: a Literary Journal (for the best poem of the year published by them); 1997 Editor's Prize, awarded by Folio: a Literary Journal (for the best poem of the year published by them)

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Santa Barbara, Richmond, Vacaville, CA
"no breath is ours to keep, just as no body is." —from "Sigh" (Event Boundaries, Four Way Books, 2017)
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Last updated: Nov 09, 2018