Roy Bentley


417 Barrington Ridge
Pataskala, OH 43062-8127

Author's Bio

Roy Bentley's poems have appeared in North American ReviewBlackbird, Shenandoah, Rattle, The Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner--as well as many other notable journals and magazines. He is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Ohio Arts Council. His fifth book, Walking with Eve in the Loved City, was a finalist for the 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, and selected by series editor Billy Collins. A new collection, My Mother's Red Ford: New & Selected (1986-2020), is available from Lost Horse Press in Sandpoint, Idaho; as well as Beautiful Plenty, which was released last year by Main Street Rag.


Publications & Prizes

Beautiful Plenty (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2021)
Hillbilly Guilt (Hidden River Arts, 2021)
My Mother's Red Ford: New & Selected Poems (1986 - 2020) (Lost Horse Press, 2020)
American Loneliness (Lost Horse Press, 2018)
Walking with Eve in the Loved City (University of Arkansas Press, 2018)
Starlight Taxi (Lynx House Press, 2013)
The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine Press, 2006)
Any One Man (Bottom Dog Press, 1992)
Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama Press, 1986)
The Idiot's Guide to the Afterlife (Pudding House Publications, 2009)
Funerals in the South (Pudding House Publications, 2008)
Woman & Alligator: The Florida Poems (Pudding House Publications, 2007)
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Bentley Hotel (Pudding House Publications, 2005)
Greatest Hits: 1980-2001 (Pudding House Publications, 2002)
Reparation (Pudding House Publications, 2001)
The Edge of Heaven (Bottom Dog Press, 1988)
The Way into Town (Signpost Press, 1984)
American Literary Review
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Drunken Boat
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Muddy River Poetry Review
New Virginia Review
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Ohio Review
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Prizes won: 

Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry (NEA); 6-time Ohio Arts Council individual artist fellowship recipient in poetry; an Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in 2009.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Saul Bellow, Lee Martin
What I'm reading now: 
The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins, The Hustler by Walter S. Tevis

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Born in: 
Dayton, OH
Raised in: 
Dayton and Heath, OH
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Last update: May 09, 2022