Brian Blanchfield is the author of two full-length books 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. He is also the author of a chapbook, The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (Spork Press, 2013) and a collection of essays, Onesheets, a finalist for a 2013 Creative Capital Innovative Literature grant, forthcoming from Nightboat Books in late 2015. His recent work has appeared in The Nation, Chicago Review, The Brooklyn Rail, A Public Space, Lana Turner, The Paris Review, Brick, Conjunctions, Guernica, The Awl, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other journals and magazines.
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 and then until 2011 fulltime visiting faculty. Since 2010 he has been a poetry editor of Fence. With his partner John, he lives out past the streetlights in Tucson, where he teaches poetry and nonfiction writing in The Honors College at the University of Arizona and runs the Intermezzo reading series at The Temple Lounge downtown.