Nancy Boutilier


238 Morgan Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

Author's Bio

After a tomboy upbringing on the East Coast, then a decade teaching English, coaching basketball, and making high schools safer for LGBTQ-youth on the West Coast, I moved to the Ohio, where I currently teach writing at Oberlin College.

I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and teaching energy and am available every January for Writer Residencies in high schools, colleges, or community centers--especially in regions that have warmer winters than northeast Ohio! I have plenty of experience and fun teaching creative writing, journalism, and composition.

In addition to my publications, my writing background includes: two "people's choice" Cable Car Awards for "Best Columnist" (San Francisco); two Lambda Literary Award nominations for Poetry; and multiple songwriting credits with the Backbone (my favorite side project as a bass player) on the album WHO WE WANT TO BE, which is available at

Publications & Prizes

On the Eighth Day Adam Slept Alone (Black Sparrow Press, 2000)
According to Her Contours (Black Sparrow Press, 1992)
Prizes won: 

Anacapa Scholar, Thacher School (2011)

Lambda Literary Award, Finalist in Poetry (2001, 1993)

Triangle Publishers Award, Finalist in Poetry (2001)

Cable Car Award, Outstanding Columnist (1994, 1992)

LYRIC’s Community Service Award for work with at-risk youth (1993)

Leicester Sherrill Award for teaching excellence, Phillips Academy (1987)

Padget Prize, Findley Award, Harvard College (1984)

Army ROTC, U.S. Army Award, Cadet of the Battalion, Fort Knox, KY (1980)

/// B.A. Harvard College / M.A. Bread Loaf School of English (Middlebury College) / M.F.A. Rainier Writing Workshop @ Pacific Lutheran University

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Bright Felon by Kazim Ali, When My Brother Was and Aztec by Natalie Diaz, Dear Darkness by Kevin Young, Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, Want by Rick Barot

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Northborough, MA
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Last update: Sep 03, 2012