P. Ivan Young


Omaha, NE
Nebraska US

Author's Bio

P. Ivan Young received his PhD in English from University of Nebraska and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain (Brick House Books, 2015) and the chapbook A Shape in the Waves. He is a recipient of a 2011 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and the 2013 winner of the Norton Girault Literary Prize. His work has appeared in North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fourteen Hills, Hayden's Ferry Review, The London Magazine, Cream City Review, and Zone 3, among others. He currently teaches in the University of Nebraska system and lives in Omaha, Nebraska , with his wife and two children.

Publications & Prizes

Challenges for the Delusional (Jane Street Press, 2012)
Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke (Tupelo Press, 2012)
Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain (Brick House Books, 2015)
A Shape in the Waves (Stepping Stones Press, 2011)
American Life in Poetry
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Barely South Review
Barnwood Poetry Journal
Blood Lotus
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California Quarterly
Cider Press Review
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Connecticut River Review
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Crab Orchard Review
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Delaware Poetry Review
Fogged Clarity
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Mayday Magazine
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Rhino Magazine
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The Comstock Review
The Emerson Review
The Minnesota Review
The Potomac Review
Timber Creek Review
Watershed Review
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Rhino Magazine Founder’s Prize Runner-up, Mayor’s Honoree for Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts (2018), Apple Valley Review Editor’s Prize 2018, Norton Girault Literary Prize 2013, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award 2011, winner of the 2008 SC Poetry Initiative's Chapbook Contest

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Columbia, SC
South Carolina
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Last update: Mar 11, 2019