This week we welcome Jessica Garratt as our guest blogger. Jessica's book Fire Pond won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry and was published by the University of Utah Press in 2009. She earned her PhD at the University of Missouri, and this spring held a visiting teaching appointment at Wichita State University. She has received fellowships from the Carson McCullers Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA. Jessica's poems have appeared in journals such as Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, The Missouri Review, Literary Imagination, and new work is forthcoming in Western Humanities Review. This fall she will be a writer-in-residence for three months at ART342 in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she will be working on her second book of poems.
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