Buffy Aakaash


Marshfield, VT
Vermont US

Author's Bio

Growing up around hills and lakes in New Jersey, west of NYC, Buffy Aakaash has been moving between small towns, big cities and intentional communities for the last 30 years, farming, writing, growing food, doing healing work, and building communities, both urban and rural. He has been writing poetry most of his life and is greatly influenced by the beings both human and non-human in the many places he’s lived, visited, and explored— New Mexico high deserts, several big cities, the Northwest Coast, Tennessee’s hills & hollers, as well as extensive travels in Mexico. Currently he resides in Vermont’s Green Mountains with his 4-legged fellow traveler/hiker, Bodhi.

He came out as a queer man in 1988, and went on to receive his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

His poems have been published by Sweety Cat Press, the Raven’s Perch, Main Street Rag, Dissonance Magazine, and numerous other publications. He is the author of a 2022 chapbook, published by Kelsay Books — ”Untangling the Knots,” which was nominated for the 2022 Vermont Poetry Award. His poem, “The Beauty Before Us” was granted the 2022 Marion Gleason Memorial Award by the Poetry Society of Vermont.

His work can be viewed at www.BuffyAakaashPoetry.com.

Publications & Prizes

Untangling the Knots (Kelsay Books, 2022)
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Whisky Blot
Prizes won: 

2022 Marian Gleason Memorial Award, from the Poetry Society of Vermont, for his poem, "The Beauty Before Us"

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Hafez, Stephen King
What I'm reading now: 
One Bent Twig by Tricia Knoll

More Information

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Born in: 
Boonton, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: Mar 02, 2023