Travis Mossotti

Author's Bio

Mossotti serves as Poet-in-Residence at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis. He was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award by contest judge Garrison Keillor for his first collection of poems ABOUT THE DEAD (USU Press, 2011), and his second collection FIELD STUDY won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize (Bona Fide Books, 2014). His third collection NARCISSUS AMERICANA was selected by Billy Collins as the winner of the 2018 Miller Williams Prize (University of Arkansas Press, 2018). Mossotti has also published two chapbooks, and recent poems of his have appeared in issues of the Moon City Review, Natural Bridge, Rattle, and elsewhere. He has published poems from Los Angeles to New York to Dublin, has given guest lectures at universities across the U.S., and has received numerous fellowships, awards and honors. Mossotti teaches in the writing program at Webster University and works for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University.

Publications and Prizes

About the Dead
(Utah State University Press, 2011)
, Field Study
(Bona Fide Books, 2014)
, Narcissus Americana
(University of Arkansas Press, 2018)
American Literary Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Antioch Review, Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Copper Nickel, Court Green, Cream City Review, Dark Horse, Fourth River, Greensboro Review, Harpur Palate, Hunger Mountain, Italian Americana, New Delta Review, New South, The New York Quarterly, North American Review, Passages North, Poet Lore, Poetry Ireland Review, Quiddity, Rattle, RHINO, roger, Salt Hill Journal, Southeast Review, Southern Humanities Review, Subtropics, The Smoking Poet, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Washington Square
My Life as an Island
(University of Arkansas Press, 2013)
Prizes Won: 
Miller Williams Poetry Prize for NARCISSUS AMERICANA (2018), Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellowship ($20,000, 2015), Poets at Work Chapbook Contest for THE MECHANICS OF FAILURE (2014), Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize for FIELD STUDY (2013), Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship ($6,000, 2012), Moon City Press Chapbook Contest for MY LIFE AS AN ISLAND (2012), May Swenson Poetry Award for ABOUT THE DEAD (2011), James Hearst Poetry Prize (2009)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Bangalore by Kerry James Evans
Telling My Father by James Crews
Glass Harvest by Amie Whittemore

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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
St. Louis
Raised in: 
St. Louis, MO
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Last updated: Aug 26, 2017