Charles Jensen


10995 Le Conte Ave UCLA Extension Writers' Program
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Author's Bio

Charles Jensen is the author of six chapbooks of poems, including Story Problems and Breakup/Breakdown, and The First Risk, which was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. His previous chapbooks include Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Michigan Press, 2007). A second collection, Nanopedia, is forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions in 2018. A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Field, The Journal, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He is the founding editor of the online poetry magazine LOCUSPOINT, which explores creative work on a city-by-city basis. He lives in Los Angeles and directs the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Publications & Prizes

The First Risk (Lethe Press, 2009)
Story Problems (Palooka Press, 2017)
Breakup/Breakdown (Five Oaks Press, 2016)
The Nanopedia Quick Reference Pocket Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture (MiPOesias, 2012)
The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Michigan Press, 2007)
Living Things (Thorngate Road, 2006)
Little Burning Edens (Red Mountain, 2005)
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Columbia Poetry Review
Court Green
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Prizes won: 

Red Mountain Review Chapbook Award, 2005 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Award, 2006 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist's Project Grant, 2007 Entrepreneurial Advantage Grant (Arizona State University), Dorothy Sergeant Rosenberg Prize, 2018 Zócalo Poetry Prize.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
European American, LGBTQ, Scandinavian American, White
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Eagle, WI
Raised in: 
Eagle, WI
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Last update: May 21, 2019