Gregory Byrd

St. Petersburg College 2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 791-2695

Author's Bio

My poetry is often connected to placeness and to mythology, but is rooted in concrete things and often in working class life. My poems just as often mention Winslow Homer or Bach as they do dovetail joints or rusted pocket knives. My later poems have concerned a brush with cancer; those poems should appear in my second book, Blessing the House. As a teacher, I've worked with veterans and a variety of students at St. Petersburg College. Their poems are startlingly varied and deep.

Publications and Prizes

Salt and Iron
(Snake Nation Press, 2014)
Apalachee Quarterly, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cortland Review, International Quarterly, Tampa Review
At Penuel
(Split Oak Press, 2011)
, Florida Straits
(Yellow Jacket Press, 2005)
Prizes Won: 
Yellow Jacket Prize (2005) Academy of American Poets Prize (1989) Fulbright Fellowship (2011)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The End of Night by Paul Bogard
Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Hanh

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Key Largo, FL
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Last updated: Jul 15, 2014