January O'Neil

43 Parramatta Road
Beverly, MA 01915

Author's Bio

January Gill O’Neil is the author of two poetry collections, MISERY ISLANDS and UNDERLIFE, published by CavanKerry Press. A third collection, REWILDING, will be published by CavanKerry Press in fall 2018. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and board of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). With Ben Berman, she co-edits poetry for the literary magazine Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. Previously, January was a senior writer/editor at Babson College. She earned her BA from Old Dominion University and her MFA at New York University. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Publications and Prizes

Misery Islands
(CavanKerry Press, 2014)
, Underlife
(CavanKerry Press, 2009)
American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Crab Creek Review, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Field, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review, Literal Latte, Literary Mama, New England Review, North American Review, Ouroboros Review, Paterson Literary Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Seattle Review, Sou'wester, Stuff Magazine, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Mom Egg Review
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MISERY ISLANDS was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. It was selected by Mass Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book for 2015 and won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award. UNDERLIFE was a finalist for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. In December 2009, January was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. In 2012, her poem, "Chocolate, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Norfolk, VA
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Last updated: Jun 06, 2016