K.C. Trommer


New York, NY 11372

Author's Bio

Poet and essayist KC Trommer is the author of We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019) as well as the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014).

A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem "Fear Not, Mary" won the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize, judged by Kevin Prufer.

Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, BlackbirdThe Common, Diode, LitHub, The Sycamore Review, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, as well as in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little; All We Can Hold; Bared; and Who Will Speak for America? Her essays have appeared in VIDA Review, LitHuband in the anthology Oh, Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love, (Creative Nonfiction, 2015). 

She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Queens Council on the Arts, the Table 4 Writers Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Prague Summer Program.

In 2017, the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein created the song cycle “Three Rides” for soprano, cello, and piano from her work. The first of the songs, “The Cyclone,” had its world premiere in New York as a part of the 2017 Five Boroughs Music Festival’s Five Borough Song Book, Volume II. 

She has taught writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Bard High School Early College, Queens; and the University of Pennsylvania.

KC studied collage and painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, School for Visual Arts, and Parsons. Her collage work has been featured in group and solo shows in Ann Arbor and New York City. She is the Assistant Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son. 

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Publications & Prizes

The Hasp Tongue, chapbook (Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, 2014)
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2018 Winner, Diode Editions 2018 book prize, We Call Them Beautiful

2016 Pushcart Prize nomination for “Fear Not, Mary”

2015 “Fear Not, Mary,” selected by Kevin Prufer for the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize

Finalist, Queens Poet Laureateship

2013 “The Wild Dogs,” Table 4 Writers Foundation Grant

2012 “We Leg It Up the Hillside to Kill My Darlings,” Finalist, Gigantic Sequins First Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Nick Flynn

“The Wild Dogs,” Finalist, 2012 Sidney Prize, judged by Richard Nash

2011 “First Map,” Honorary Mention, Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, Munster Literature Centre, Cork, Ireland, judged by Leanne O’Sullivan

2007 “The Hasp Tongue,” Academy of American Poets Prize

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Crossville, TN
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Bangor, ME
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Last update: Sep 10, 2019