Steve Abbott

Poet

91 E. Duncan Street
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 
614/937-6744

Author's Bio

Columbus native Steve Abbott was a founding member in 1984 of The Poetry Forum—now the Midwest’s longest-running poetry series—and continues to co-host the weekly event. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in English of Columbus State Community College. His poems have appeared in dozens of literary journals as well as in several anthologies. He received an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award in Poetry in 1993 and the following year was the first writer to be awarded an OAC residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He has published five chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections: A Green Line Between Green Fields (Kattywompus Press, 2018) and a collection of ekphrastic poems, A Language the Image Speaks (11thour Press 2019). He edited the anthologies Cap City Poets (Pudding House, 2008), a collection of 74 central Ohio poets, and Everything Stops and Listens (OPA Press, 2013), containing work by members of Ohio Poetry Association. He also edits OPA's annual journal Common Threads, and in 2015 he represented OPA on the Ohio Arts Council panel selecting Ohio’s first Poet Laureate.      

 

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Delirious (NightBallet Press, 2016)
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Reeds and Rushes: Pitch, Buzz and Hum (Pudding House Publications, 2010)
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Love Poems and Other Messages to Bruce Springsteen (Pudding House Publications, 2009)
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Whatever House We Come From (Pudding House Publications, 2006)
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Prayers to Protest: Poems That Center and Bless Us (Pudding House Publications, 2001)
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Coffeehouse Poetry (Bottom Dog Press, 1996)
Book:
A Green Line Between Green Fields (Kattywompus Press, 2018)
Chapbooks:
The Incoherent Pull of Want (NightBallet Press, 2016)
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Greatest Hits 1986-2003 (Pudding House Publications, 2003)
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A Short History of the Word (Pudding House Publications, 1996)
Journals:
A NARROW FELLOW
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Big Scream
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Birmingham Poetry Review
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Connecticut Review
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Flint Hills Review
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Floyd County Moonshine
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Heartlands Today
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Light: A Journal of Photography & Poetry
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Pea River Journal
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Plainsongs
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Riverbabble
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Santa Clara Review
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SLAB
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Spoon River Poetry Review
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Third Wednesday
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Wind
Prizes won: 

Ohio Arts Council Excellence in Poetry Award, 1993

Ohio Arts Council residency, Fine Arts Works Center, Provincetown MA, 1994

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Columbus, OH
Ohio
Raised in: 
Columbus, OH
Ohio
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Last update: Apr 01, 2020