Kary Wayson


Seattle, WA

Author's Bio

A longtime resident of Seattle, WA, Kary Wayson teaches poetry classes for Hugo House and works as a freelance editor as well as an associate editor for Poetry Northwest. Kary has won many awards for her work, including the "Discovery"/The Nation Prize, the Crazyhorse/Linda Hull Memorial Prize, The Charles B Wheeler Prize for her first book, American Husband, and The Burnside Review Prize for her second, The Slip. She has received fellowships and grants from Artist Trust, The Washington State Arts Commission, and 4Culture. Her poems have appeared widely online and in journals and anthologies, as well as in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize.

Publications & Prizes

The Slip (Burnside Review Press, 2020)
American Husband (Ohio State University Press, 2009)
Prizes won: 

Allied Arts Foundation Artist Award, 2020.

 Burnside Review Book Prize, 2018.
Writer in Residence, Richard Hugo House, 2013–2015.
CityArtist Project Award, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs/ Seattle Arts Commission, 2012.
Individual Artist Project Grant, 4Culture, Seattle, WA, 2010.
Crazyhorse/Linda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize for "Lives of the Artists," chosen by James Tate, 2009.
Pushcart Prize for "I Turn My Silence Over," 2009.
The Charles B. Wheeler Prize, The Ohio State University Press, 2009.
Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission "Gap" Grant, Spring 2008.
"Discovery"/The Nation Award winner, 92nd St. Y, New York, NY, 2003.
Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, Seattle, WA, 2001.
Writer in Residence, The Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation, Oysterville, WA, 1999.

More Information

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Born in: 
Hanover, NH
New Hampshire
Raised in: 
Portland, OR
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Last update: Sep 23, 2020