Travis Mossotti


Author's Bio

Mossotti was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award for his first collection of poems ABOUT THE DEAD (USU Press, 2011), and his second collection FIELD STUDY won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize (Bona Fide Books, 2014). His third collection NARCISSUS AMERICANA was selected as the winner of the 2018 Miller Williams Prize (University of Arkansas Press, 2018) and his fourth collection RACECAR JESUS was selected as the winner of the 2022 Christopher Smart - Joan Alice Poetry Prize (Eyewear, 2023). Mossotti has also published two chapbooks, and recent poems of his have appeared in issues of the EPOCH, Iron Horse Literary Review, Columbia Poetry Review, New American Writing, Poetry Ireland Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. Mossotti teaches in the writing program at Webster University and works as a Product Owner of the Research Management System at Washington University. He was named a Biodiversity Fellow at Washington University in 2018 and has served as Poet-in-Residence at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis since 2012.

Publications & Prizes

Narcissus Americana (University of Arkansas Press, 2018)
Field Study (Bona Fide Books, 2014)
About the Dead (Utah State University Press, 2011)
My Life as an Island (University of Arkansas Press, 2013)
American Literary Review
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Dark Horse
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Italian Americana
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The Smoking Poet
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Prizes won: 

Christopher Smart - Joan Alice Poetry Prize for RACECAR JESUS (2022), Miller Williams Poetry Prize for NARCISSUS AMERICANA (2018), Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellowship ($20,000, 2015), Poets at Work Chapbook Contest for THE MECHANICS OF FAILURE (2014), Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize for FIELD STUDY (2013), Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship ($6,000, 2012), Moon City Press Chapbook Contest for MY LIFE AS AN ISLAND (2012), May Swenson Poetry Award for ABOUT THE DEAD (2011), James Hearst Poetry Prize (2009)

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Bangalore by Kerry James Evans, Bluebird by James Crews, Glass Harvest by Amie Whittemore, Now We're Getting Somwhere by Kim Addonizio, The Year the City Emptied by Daisy Fried, Somebody Else Sold the World by Adrian Matejka, From Your Hostess At The T&A Museum by Kathleen Balma

More Information

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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
St. Louis
Raised in: 
St. Louis, MO
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Last update: May 23, 2022