Roy Bentley


Pataskala, OH
Ohio US

Author's Bio

Roy Bentley is the author of Walking with Eve in the Loved City, chosen by Billy Collins in 2018 as finalist for the Miller Williams poetry prize; Starlight Taxi, winner of the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize; The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana, chosen by John Gallaher in 2006 as winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize. He has received fellowships from the NEA, Ohio Arts Council, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Poems have appeared in magazines such as Texas Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, North American Review, RATTLE, and The Laurel Review.


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: Dec 03, 2023