April Ford

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer


Author's Bio

April's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in print and online journals in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Germany, and Scotland. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for her short story “Project Fumarase,” and has held fully funded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ucross Foundation. Her book publications include Death Is a Side-Effect: Poems (Frog Hollow Press, 2019) and the award-winning story collection, The Poor Children (SFWP, 2015). Her debut novel, Carousel, is forthcoming Spring 2020 with Inanna.

For more than 15 years, April has helped at-risk youth, college students, adult and non-traditional learners explore their passions and aptitudes for creative expression. She is driven by character and voice in oral, print, and digital storytelling. As a facilitator/mentor, she enjoys working with writers at all stages and from all walks of life to help them spark (or revive) boldness within themselves.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

"I Never Liked This Café, Anyway" (Bright Hill Press, 2017)


2016 Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses (W. W. Norton & Company, 2015)
Carousel: A Novel (Inanna Publications, 2020)
The Poor Children: Stories (Santa Fe Writers Project, 2015)
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SFWP: The Journal
Short Story
The Battered Suitcase


The Lascaux Prize Anthology (Lascaux Review, 2017)
Death Is a Side-Effect (Frog Hollow Press, 2019)

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Last update: Sep 29, 2019