Bruce Whitacre


New York, NY

Author's Bio

Bruce E. Whitacre

His debut collection, The Elk in the Glade: The World of Pioneer and Painter Jennie Hicks, was published in 2022 by Crown Rock Media. His chapbook, Good Housekeeping will come out in 2023 from Poets Wear Prada. His poems have appeared in American Journal of Poetry, Buddhist Poetry Review, Cagibi, Hey, I’m Alive, Impossible Archive, Nine Cloud Journal, North of Oxford, Pensive Journal, Poets Wear Prada’s The Rainbow Project (nominated for Best of the Net), and World Literature Today.  His work is included in The Strategic Poet by Diane Lockward, Brownstone Poets 2020, and in the anthology, I Wanna be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a native of Nebraska and lives in Forest Hills, Queens with his husband.

Publications & Prizes

I Wanna Be Loved By You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe (Milk and Cake Press, 2022)
The Strategic Poet (Terrapin Books, 2021)
American Journal of Poetry
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Hey I’m Alive Magazine
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Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts
Rainbow Project
Prizes won: 

Nominated for Best of the Net by Poets Wear Prada's The Rainbow Project: A Literary Place of Sanctuary from These Trying Times.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Terrence Hayes, Ted Kooser, Dorianne Laux, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Diane Suess, Ocean Vuong, Mark Wunderlich. Inspired by Willa Cather, James Merrill, Wallace Stevens, Anthony Trollop
What I'm reading now: 
The Island of Arturo by Elsa Morante

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Buddhist, White
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Fluent in: 
English, Italian
Born in: 
Kearney, NE
Raised in: 
Kearney, NE
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Last update: Oct 10, 2022