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 Proxies, a collection of essays–part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography–forthcoming from Nightboat in early 2016. He is the recipient of a 2015-16 Howard Foundation Fellowship, and his work has appeared in Harper’s, 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 through 2011 fulltime visiting faculty. 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.