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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (1 September 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312304013
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312304010
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11.94 x 2.6 x 24.49 cm
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Award-winning poet and novelist Patricia Traxler is the author of four collections of poetry--most recently, Naming the Fires, which won the 2019 Kansas Book Award. Her other poetry collections are Forbidden Words; The Glass Woman; and Blood Calendar. She is also the author of a novel, Blood (St.Martins/Macmillan), which in addition to its US edition was published in Spanish, Swedish, and German translations, and in an Ireland/UK edition.

The ten stories in Traxler's new collection, In the Skin (May, 2020, Spartan Press), look at love through the eyes of ten women ranging in age from twenty to seventy. Several of these stories have won national or international awards. She is currently completing work on a memoir-based essay collection, The Eternity Bird.

A two-time Bunting Poetry Fellow at Radcliffe, Traxler also served as Hugo Poet at the University of Montana and Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State. She has lectured, read, or served as a visiting writer at many other US universities, including the University of California, San Diego; Emerson College, Boston; Old Dominion University, Virginia; Westminster College, Salt Lake City; San Diego State University; Utah State University; and Kansas University, Lawrence.

Traxler was born and raised in San Diego, California, one of eight children in a working class Irish Catholic family. She was much influenced by her maternal grandmother, Nora Dunne, a published poet from County Cork, Ireland, who lived with the family for several years during Traxler's childhood. "Around our house when I was a kid," Traxler says, "I saw Gran working on her poetry in a green clothbound ledger, and I often heard her reciting poems like 'To a Skylark,' just for the delight she took in them, so poetry always just seemed an ordinary and essential part of life to me."

In addition to the 2019 Kansas Book Award, Traxler is a past recipient of Ploughshares' Cohen Award, Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Award, The Writer's Voice of New York City Open Voice Award for Short Fiction, the Hackney Literary Award for Short Fiction, Radcliffe's Presidential Discretionary Award, a Kansas Literary Fellowship, two Poetry Society of America Writer's Magazine/​Emily Dickinson Award honors, Kansas University's Alice Carter Award for Poetry, and the Georgia State University Award for Short Fiction. She is also a past Grand Prize winner of the International Imitation Hemingway Competition.

Her poetry and fiction have appeared in many publications, including The Nation, Slate, Agni, The Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, Ms. Magazine, Hanging Loose, Tikkun, Glimmer Train, The American Voice, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Letters, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry newspaper column, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Best American Poetry (A.R. Ammons, editor), A Handbook of Heartbreak (Robert Pinsky, editor), A Ring of Words (Andrew Motion, editor), Tangled Vines (Beacon Press), e: the Emily Dickinson Award Anthology (Universities West), and The Best of Bad Hemingway: Award Anthology (Harcourt).

Traxler's essays have appeared in Newsweek, The Daily Beast, 3 Quarks Daily, Boston University's AGNI Blog, and in the anthologies Night Errands: How Poets Use Dreams (University of Pittsburgh Press), and Grandmothers: Granddaughters Remember (Syracuse University Press). Traxler lives in Kansas.


Literary Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt and Hochman Literary Agents, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

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