Brian Blanchfield, a poet and essayist, is the author of three books, including two collections of poetry: Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A Several World, (Nightboat Books, 2014), which received the 2014 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. His third book, Proxies, is a collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—forthcoming from Nightboat in April 2016.
His poetry and prose have appeared in Harper’s, The Nation, Chicago Review, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Lana Turner, The Paris Review, Brick, Conjunctions, Guernica, StoryQuarterly, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other journals and magazines. Two long sequences—one poetry, one prose—are available as chapbooks: The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (Spork Press, 2013) and Correction. (Essay Press, forthcoming, 2016). He is the recipient of a 2015-16 Howard Foundation Fellowship.
Born in 1973, in Winston-Salem, NC, he spent his twenties in New York City, where he worked in the editorial department of Farrar, Straus and Giroux and taught creative writing and literature at Pratt Institute of Art. He has since taught as core faculty in the graduate writing programs of Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, and at the University of Montana, Missoula, where he was the 2008-09 Richard Hugo Writer in Residence, an appointment then extended through 2011. Since 2010 he has been a poetry editor of Fence, and he is a guest editor of the PEN Poetry Series for the year beginning September 2015. With his partner John, he lives out past the streetlights in Tucson, where he teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at the University of Arizona; produces and hosts Speedway and Swan, a poetry and music show on KXCI 91.3; and runs the Intermezzo reading series at The Temple Lounge downtown.