Joan Colby

Elgin, IL 60124

Author's Bio

I have written poetry and fiction most of my life. I have been editor of the trade publication Illinois Racing News for over 30 years and I live on a small horse farm in northern Illinois with my husband. I am a senior editor of FutureCycle Press and an associate editor of Kentucky Review

Publications and Prizes

Anthology: What Have You Lost
(Greenwillow Books, 1999)
, Dead Horses
(FutureCycle Press, 2012)
, How The Sky Begins To Fall
(Spoon River Poetry Press, 1984)
, Properties of Matter
(Aldrich Press, 2014)
, Ribcage
(Glass Lyre Press, 2015)
, Selected Poems
(FutureCycle Press, 2013)
, The Atrocity Book
(Lynx House Press, 1987)
, The Lonely Hearts Killers
(Spoon River Poetry Press, 1986)
Albatross, Another Chicago Magazine, Atlanta Review, Barrelhouse, Cream City Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Grand Street, Illinois Review, Karamu, Mid-American Review, New Renaissance, North American Review, Poetry, Spoon River Poetry Review
Ah Clio
(Kattywompus Press, 2015)
, Bittersweet
(Main Street Rag Press, 2014)
, Broke
(FutureCycle Press, 2015)
, Pro Forma
(Foothills Publishing, 2015)
Prizes Won: 
A fellowship in Literature plus two poetry awards from the Illinois Arts Council, a winner in the 2014 and 2016 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest, runner-up in the James Hearst Poetry Contest, honorable mentions in numerous contests, awarded the 2015 Kithara Book Prize for "Ribcage" and the 2013 FutureCycle Book Prize for "Selected Poems."

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
The Wounded Surgeon by Adam Kirsch
The Essential Neruda by Mark Eisner
Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm
The Bad Guys by Paul Hostovsky

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Chicago, IL
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Last updated: Jul 20, 2016