Charles Springer

Poet

Lock Haven, PA 17745
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Author's Bio

Charles Springer grew up on a farm in northcentral Pennsylvania that his great-grandfather established in the mid-eighteen hundreds. An only child, he quickly found kinship within the natural world around him and in the world of his imagination.

Immediately after high school, Charles, who prefers Charley, studied anthropology at Lycoming College and at the University of Cincinnati. He taught briefly at Northern Kentucky University. Charley also had a passion for art and art history. He moved to Philadelphia and attended classes at the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and the Barnes Foundation. It wasn’t long before he began to show work in the city’s galleries. Today many of his paintings are in private, corporate, academic and museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Charley began writing when he experienced what he called “painter’s block.” It wasn’t long before he’d filled notebooks with poems. His writing process would begin with reading, quite often in the middle of the night. He would come across a word or two, a phrase that would spark something from his own experience, real or imaginary. “It was vital,” he says, “to get words down on paper as quickly as possible or else they would fly out the window.” On occasion a poem formed almost immediately. More often it required lengthy revision. Charley comments he writes pretty much the same way today.

Publications & Prizes

Book:
Journals:
Apalachee Review
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BAP Quarterly
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Bijou Poetry Review
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Chelsea Station
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Edison Literary Review
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Everest
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Faultline
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Ghost City Review
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Great Stream Review
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Heliotrope
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Licking River Review
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Lindenwood Review
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LUNGFULL!
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Oak Bend Review
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Red Booth Review
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RFD
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Riverrun
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Rivet
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Salt River Review
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Sawbuck
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Squawk Back
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Stickman Review
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The Lumberyard
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Windsor Review
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Zillah
Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize (Nomination)

Best of the Net (Nomination)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
PA
Pennsylvania
Raised in: 
Lock Haven, PA
Pennsylvania
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Last update: Nov 04, 2021