Kirk Wilson

Poet, Fiction Writer

216 Bonnieview
Austin, TX 78704

Author's Bio

Kirk Wilson’s work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is widely published in literary journals and anthologies. His awards include prizes in all three genres, an NEA Fellowship, and a Pushcart nomination. His current publications include a short story coming in New England Review, another story in the Idaho Review, an Editor’s Award-winning essay in the Florida Review, and a poem in Mudfish 21 as a finalist for the Mudfish Poetry Prize. His past publications include The Early Word, a poetry chapbook from Burning Deck Press, and Unsolved, a true crime book published in six editions in the US and UK. Kirk’s website is

Publications & Prizes


This Side of the Divide: Stories of the American West (Baobab Press, 2019)
The Wordstock 10 (Wordstock Press, 2011)
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Valparaiso Fiction Review


Best Poets of 2018 (Black Mountain Press, 2019)
The Early Word (Burning Deck Press, 1971)
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Folly Magazine
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Prizes won: 
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, 2018
  • Editor's Award in Creative Nonfiction, Florida Review, 2019
  • Finalist, Mudfish Poetry Prize, 2019
  • Finalist, Howling Bird Fiction Prize, 2019
  • Best Poets of 2018, Black Mountain Press
  • Finalist, St. Lawrence Book Award, Black Lawrence Press, 2018
  • Finalist, Elixir Press Award for Fiction, 2018
  • Finalist, Fabulist Fiction Prize, Omnidawn Publishing, 2018
  • Semifinalist, Katherine Anne Porter Prize, 2018
  • Finalist, Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize, 2017
  • Finalist, Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest, 2017
  • New Millennium Award for Nonfiction, 2016
  • Pushcart Prize nomination for memoir/essay, 2013
  • Finalist, Wordstock Short Fiction Competition, 2011.
  • Finalist, Machigonne Award for Fiction, 2011
  • Byliners Award, Best Nonfiction Book, 1990
  • Georgia B. Lucas Poetry Award, 1967

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Karen Russell, Joy Williams, Hannah Tinti, Kazuo Ishiguro, W.G. Sebald, John Berger
What I'm reading now: 
The Changeling by Joy Williams , The Traitor's Niche by Ismail Kadare , American Pastoral by Philip Roth , Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

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Born in: 
Beeville, TX
Raised in: 
Austin, TX
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Last update: Jun 21, 2020