Competition: US & Canada
University of Houston
Ange Mlinko is the author of four collections of poetry and numerous essays and reviews. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Nation, Poetry, Paris Review, London Review of Books, Poetry Review (U.K.), Granta, Southern Review, and she is the recipient of the Frederick Bock Award as well as the Randall Jarrell Award for Poetry Criticism, both given by the Poetry Foundation. Her first book, Matinees, was chosen as a Best Book of 1999 by Publishers Weekly; her second book, Starred Wire, was a National Poetry Series selection in 2004 and a finalist for the Academy of American Poetry’s James Laughlin Award in 2005; and Shoulder Season, her third book, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams award. Marvelous Things Overheard, her latest book, was published in September 2013 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. It was named one of the best poetry books of 2013 by the New Yorker and the Boston Globe; the critic William Logan called it a book of “ravishing intelligence.”
Mlinko is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has lived most of her adult life in the New York area, and has spent years abroad in Beirut, Lebanon, and Ifrane, Morocco.
She is currently the poetry editor for The Nation.
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