Roy Neil Graves


Martin, TN 38237-5406

Author's Bio

I grew up in Medina, TN, near the mid-point of the ICRR between New Orleans and Chicago, attending college at nearby Union University in Jackson and earning academic degrees at Princeton (B.A. ’61), Duke (M.A. ’64), and Ole Miss (D.A. ’77). Since 1969 I’ve taught a wide range of English courses at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where I was the 1995-96 recipient of the Cunningham Teacher/Scholar Award. My publications, in addition to poems, include academic essays (especially on arcane game-playing elements in early verse texts) and a web site titled Shakespeare’s Lost Sonnets at My outside interests include playing piano, choral singing, running, and log-cabin reconstruction. My children are Anna (Yale ‘90, Simmons); Ben (Wesleyan ‘93, Washington State); and Molly (Princeton ’98, UC Santa Cruz). See the overview essay in Contemporary Authors (Gale, 2002) and the review by David Breidenbach of the chapbook Somewhere on the Interstate in Hollins Critic, 1 June 1988. (Link:

Publications & Prizes

Always at Home Here: 6 Tennessee Poets (McGraw-Hill, 1998)
Homeworks: A Book of Tennessee Writers (University of Tennessee Press, 1996)
Homewords: A Book of Tennessee Writers (The University of Tennessee Press, 1986)
Somewhere on the Interstate (Ion Books, 1987)
Bean Switch
New Ground
Runner's World
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Finalist, Tennessee Writers Alliance poetry competition (2002); First place, Southern Poets Over 50 (Kennesaw State, 2002); First place, Mid-South Chapbook Competition (Ion Books, Memphis, 1986); Second place (Virginia Highlands Festival, 1979); First place for poetry (The Miscellany: A Davidson Review, 1976); Honorable mention for light verse (Poets' Study Club, Terre Haute, IN, 1975); Honorable mention (Chickasaw Branch, NIAPW, Memphis, 1975); Second- and third-place awards, Mid-South Poetry Festival (Memphis, 1974); Honorable mention for light verse (New York Magazine, May 1973); The Manners Prize for writing (Princeton University, 1961); and The Bain-Swiggett Prize for poetry (Princeton University, 1960).

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Medina, TN
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