Melissa Barrett Burkeet



Author's Bio

Melissa Barrett Burkeet is the author of MOON ON ROAM (Gold Wake Press, 2019), a collection of poems that was a finalist for more than twenty book prizes. Her poems and essays have been published in BOMB, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, jubilat, and Best American Poetry. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her writing has been recognized by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes, The Poetry Society, The Ohio Arts Council, Tin House's Summer Workshop, Gulf Coast, and The Iowa Review. Melissa was a public school teacher and principal in Columbus, Ohio for several years before moving to Cleveland. 

Publications & Prizes

Moon on Roam (Gold Wake Press, 2019)
Prizes won: 

-Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Poetry & Critical Essays (2020)

-The Iowa Review, Poetry Prize runner-up (2017)
-Selected for inclusion in the Best American Poetry anthology (2015)
-Winner of Narrative’s Annual poetry contest (2014)
-Finalist for Ruth Lilly Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation (2013)
-Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Poetry (2012)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
DA Powell, Toni Morrison, Jenny Offill, Chris Kraus, Hanif Abdurraqib, Claire-Louise Bennett, Natalie Shapero, Andre Breton
What I'm reading now: 
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

More Information

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Born in: 
Cleveland, OH
Raised in: 
Kent, OH
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Last update: Nov 22, 2021