Gail Thomas


Northampton, MA 01060

Author's Bio

Gail Thomas has published four books of poetry, Odd Mercy (Headmistress Press), Waving Back (Turning Point), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s) and Finding the Bear (Perugia). Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and have won national prizes. Odd Mercy was chosen by Ellen Bass for the Charlotte Mew Prize and Waving Back was named a Must Read for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She is the recipient of writing and teaching grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross. She was a founding artist and trainer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Elder Arts Initiative and has collaborated with artists across the state for workshops and performances. She has led writing workshops at schools, hospitals, libraries, and senior centers, as well as private craft workshops. Gail is a frequent presenter at Poetry Festivals and conferences, and has read her work widely.

Publications & Prizes

Paradise Found (Levellers Press, 2014)
Myth, Mothwing, Smoke (Tupelo Press, 2012)
Feminist Parenting (Crossing Press, 1994)
Waving Back (Turning Point, 2015)
No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley's Antiques and Publishing, 2001)
Finding the Bear (Perugia Press, 1997)
Bay Windows
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Cedar Rock
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Cider Press Review
Cumberland River Review
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Evergreen Chronicles
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Hiram Poetry Review
Italian Americana
Larcom Review
Mezzo Cammin
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New England Watershed Magazine
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String Poet
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Yet Another Small Magazine
Prizes won: 

Massachusetts Center for the Book "Must Read for 2016" for Waving Back; New England Book Festival Honorable Mention for Waving Back; Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press for Odd Mercy; Naugatuck Review Narrative Poetry Prize selected by Kaveh Akbar; Honorable Mention Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Contest for Traditional Verse (Winning Writers); Robert Hearst Poetry Prize; Pat Schneider Poetry Prize; Robert Collen Poetry Prize; Springfield Library Quadrangle Poetry Prize; Finalist, Cider Press; Finalist, Robin Becker Prize; Finalist, Hedgerow Books; Honorable Mention, Bright Hill Press Honorable Mention, Slate Roof Press

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Last update: Mar 05, 2019