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, is named a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Memoir, 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, and the University of Arizona. For the Spring 2017 semester he is visiting faculty at The Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
From 2010 to 2016 he was a poetry editor of Fence, and he was a 2015-16 guest editor of the PEN Poetry Series. With his partner John, he lives out past the streetlights in Tucson, where he works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and produces and hosts Speedway and Swan, a poetry and music show on KXCI Community Radio.