April Ossmann


White River Junction, VT
Vermont US

Author's Bio

April Ossmann is the author of EVENT BOUNDARIES (a finalist for the VT Book Award) and ANXIOUS MUSIC, and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and New England Review, and in anthologies including FROM THE FISHOUSE. She has also published essays including Thinking Like an Editor: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript (Poets & Writers, March/April 2011). Former executive director of Alice James Books (2000 – 2008), she owns a poetry consulting business, offering manuscript editing and publishing advice to poets. She has taught at the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe, and teaches private tutorials and poetry workshops using a method she developed to teach poets to revise their work objectively. She lives in White River Junction, Vermont.

Publications & Prizes

Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry (Green Writers Press, 2017)
From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009)
The Maine Poets: An Anthology of Verse (Down East Books, 2003)
Contemporary Poetry of New England (University Press of New England, 2002)
EVENT BOUNDARIES (Four Way Books, 2017)
ANXIOUS MUSIC (Four Way Books, 2007)
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Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
Cumberland River Review
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Women's Voices for Change
Prizes won: 

2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant; 2000 Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award; 1999 & 1997 Editor's Prize, awarded by Folio: a Literary Journal (for the best Folio poem of the year)

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Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara, Richmond, Vacaville, CA
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Last update: Nov 29, 2021