January O'Neil

Poet

43 Parramatta Road
Beverly, MA 01915
Phone: 
978-239-2598

Author's Bio

January Gill O’Neil is the author of REWILDING (fall 2018), MISERY ISLANDS (2014), and UNDERLIFE (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and boards of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. From 2012-2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares and Ecotone, among others. In 2018, January was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and was named the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Publications & Prizes

Books:
Rewilding (CavanKerry Press, 2018)
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Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, 2014)
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Underlife (CavanKerry Press, 2009)
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Callaloo
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Can We Have Our Ball Back
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Crab Orchard Review
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Drunken Boat
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Literary Mama
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Ouroboros Review
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Seattle Review
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Sou'wester
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Stuff Magazine
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TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics
Prizes won: 

In 2018, January was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and was named the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. MISERY ISLANDS was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. It was selected by Mass Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book for 2015 and won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award. UNDERLIFE was a finalist for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. In December 2009, January was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. In 2012, her poem, "Chocolate, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Norfolk
Raised in: 
Norfolk, VA
Virginia
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Last update: Feb 28, 2019