Bryan Penberthy


Charleston, SC

Author's Bio

Bryan Penberthy is an American poet. Born in Dearborn, Michigan, he was raised near Leavenworth, Kansas. He received his B.A. from Kansas State University in 2000, and his M.F.A. from Purdue University in 2003. During his time at Purdue, Penberthy served as Poetry Editor for Sycamore Review.

His debut collection of poetry, Lucktown, was awarded the National Poetry Review Book Prize and was published in 2007. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including Crazyhorse, Coal City Review, New Orleans Review, River Styx, Bat City Review, and Poetry International, as well as online by Blackbird and Verse Daily. His work has also been anthologized in "And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana" and "Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green."

Penberthy has taught at Purdue University, at the Charleston Air Force Base through the City Colleges of Chicago’s Programs for the Military, Trident Technical College, and Summerville High School. He currently serves as the Arts & Sciences Department Head for ECPI University in Charleston, South Carolina.

Publications & Prizes

Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green (University of South Carolina Press, 2012)
And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2011)
Lucktown (National Poetry Review Press, 2007)
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Antietam Review
Bat City Review
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Cider Press Review
Coal City Review
Flint Hills Review
Hazmat Review
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Mad Poets Review
Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism & Translation
Midwest Quarterly
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Poetry Daily
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Twilight Ending
Verse Daily
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William & Mary Review
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The Lyric Poem Prize (The Poetry Society of South Carolina, 2009); The National Poetry Review Book Prize (TNPR Press, 2006); T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry Finalist (Truman State University Press, 2006); Stevens Manuscript Competition Honorable Mention (National Federation of State Poetry Societies, 2006); AWP Intro Journals Project Award in Poetry (AWP, 2000).

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Leavenworth, KS
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Last update: May 09, 2012