Greg Kosmicki


1828 Pine View Road
Alpine, CA 91901

Author's Bio

Greg Kosmicki founded The Backwaters Press in 1999, which is now an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press. He was a Navy Hospital Corpsman during the Vietnam war, and received his MA in English, with a creative thesis, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As well as his book and chapbook publications, his poems have been published in printed and online literary magazines and anthologies since 1976. His magazine publications include Chiron Review, Paris Review, Connecticut Review, New York Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Rattle, Cortland Review, Cutbank, New Letters, Poetry NOW, Pebble, Briar Cliff Review, and numerous others.

Publications & Prizes

It's As Good Here as it Gets Anywhere (Logan House Press, 2016)
Sheep Can Recognize Individual Human Faces (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2014)
we have always been coming to this morning (Sandhills Press, 2007)
Some Hero of the Past (Word Press, 2006)
nobody lives here who saw this sky (Missing Spoke Press, 1998)
New Route in the Dream (Pudding House Publications, 2011)
Greatest Hits: Poems 1975-2000 (Pudding House Publications, 2001)
tables, chair, wall, window (Sandhills Press, 2000)
For My Son in a Motel Room (Sandhills Press, 1999)
How Things Happen (Bradypress, 1997)
Prizes won: 

Artist's Fellowship, The Nebraska Arts Council, 2000, 2006

Finalist, High Plains Book Award, 2016

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Charles Simic, Charles Bukowski, Adrienne Rich, James Dickey, Alfred Starr Hamilton, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Levine, Greg Kuzma, Kenneth Patchen, Ingeborg Bachmann, A.R. Ammons, Hayden Carruth, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, C.K. Williams, Charles Wright, Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, Sylvia Plath, and many more to numerous to list.
What I'm reading now: 
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories by Lorrie Moore, Heidi Pitlor, Editors

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Children, Disability, Homelessness
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Born in: 
Alliance, NE
Raised in: 
Alliance, NE
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Last update: Oct 15, 2021