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Colette Inez

Author's Bio

Colette Inez, of French origins, was Belgian-born and reared in a Catholic Home for Children in Brussels. She was brought to the U.S. as a youngster just before the outbreak of World War II. After graduating from Hunter College in 1961, she taught in public and private schools in New York City, as well as in Poets-in-the-Schools programs. She has since authored eleven books of poetry and a memoir, been published in more than one-hundred anthologies and textbooks, and presented her work in over 110 colleges and universities. Formerly a long-time teacher at Columbia University, she also taught at Cornell, Ohio, Bucknell, the New School and Colgate universities. Inez instructed at leading writer's conferences, written essays, short stories, librettos and reviews, judged many poetry prize contests and appeared on public radio and TV. Her papers can now be accessed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University. The "Academy of American Poets Colette Inez Poetry Prize" is today awarded annually to talented liberal arts college students. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, a freelance writer and columnist.

Publications and Prizes

The Luba Poems (Red Hen Press, 2015), Horseplay (Word Press, 2011), The Secret of M. Dulong (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), Spinoza Doesn't Come Here Anymore (Melville House Publications, 2004), The Way Home: On the Poetry of Colette Inez (Word Press, 2003), Clemency (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998), For Reasons of Music (Ion Books, 1994), Getting Underway: New & Selected Poetry (Story Line Press, 1993), Family Life (Story Line Press, 1992), The Woman Who Loved Worms (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1991), Eight Minutes from the Sun (Saturday Press, 1990), Alive and Taking Names (Ohio University Press, 1980)
Greatest Hits (Pudding House Publications, 2001)
Poetry for Students (Gale Research Company, 2015), Love Rise Up (Benu Press, 2012), Never Before (Four Way Books, 2007), Poetry Daily Essentials (Sourcebooks, Inc., 2007), The Paradelle (Red Hen Press, 2005), Sustenance & Desire (David R. Godine, 2004), After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography (Graywolf Press, 2001), Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times (Beacon Press, 2001), Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English (Wesleyan University Press, 2000), Verse, Universe (Milkweed Editions, 1999), Fathers (St. Martin's Press, 1997), Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms (Macmillan, 1996), International Anthology of Women Poets (Dial Press, 1994), The Art and Craft of Poetry (Writer's Digest Books, 1994), Tangled Vines (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992), How to Write Poetry (Prentice Hall, 1990)
, 2 Bridges Review, A Public Space, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, American Poetry Review, American Voice, American Writing, Antioch Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Boulevard, Caliban, California Quarterly, Chicago Review, Chicago Tribune, Colorado Review, Columbia Magazine, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, Crazy Horse, Epoch, Epos, Gargoyle, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Hanging Loose, Helicon Nine, Hollins Critic, Hotel Amerika, Hudson Review, Iowa Review, Kansas Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Literary Review, Margie, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Missouri Review, Mobius, New American Writing, New England Review, New Letters, New York Quarterly, New York Times, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Paris Review, Parnassus, Partisan Review, Pembroke Magazine, Per Contra, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poetica Magazine, Poetry, Poetry Australia, Poetry Daily, Poetry Digest, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Quarter After Eight, Salmagundi, Shenandoah, Smartish Pace, Southern Poetry Review, Southwest Discovery, Subtropics, Tar River Poetry Review, The American Voice, The Humanist, The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Tin House, Verse Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, Volt, Wisconsin Review, Xanadu, Yale Review
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1986); two National Endowment for the Arts Awards (1974, 88), Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1980); two Pushcart Prizes (1986, 98); Ellipsis Editor's Annual Award for Non-fiction (2005); New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1975); Great Lakes Colleges Association National First Book Award (1973); three Poetry Society of America prizes: Reedy Memorial Award (1973), Kreymborg Award (1975), Consuelo Ford Award (1971), Gale Arons Poet/Center of Research for Women/Tulane University Award (2003),Grand Prize for Memoir, Memoir Magazine (2011), Gretchen Osgood Warren Award, New England Poetry Society Award (1969), Rochester Festival of Religious Arts Award (1969), National League of American Pen Women Poetry Award (1962).

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Listing last updated: June 26, 2016

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