Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies, published by Nightboat Books in 2016, forthcoming from Picador UK in 2017. A collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—Proxies was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction, was named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Memoir and the PEN USA Literary Award in Nonfiction, and has been widely reviewed.
His first two books are 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 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 Oxford American, 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, 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 at the University of Montana, Otis College of Art and Design, Cal Arts, the University of Arizona, and at The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is now a faculty member of the MFA Creative Writing Program and Department of English at the University of Idaho.
From 2010 to 2016 he was a poetry editor of Fence, and from 2015 to 2017 while at the University of Arizona Poetry Center he created, produced and hosted Speedway and Swan, a poetry and music show on KXCI Community Radio. He and his partner John make their home in Moscow, Idaho.