Anya Krugovoy Silver

Anya Krugovoy Silver

Fellow: Awarded 2018
Field of Study: Poetry

Competition: US & Canada

Anya Krugovoy Silver is the author of four books of poetry. Her first three books, The Ninety-Third Name of God (2010), I Watched You Disappear (2014), and From Nothing (2016) were published with the Louisiana State University Press. Her most recent book, Second Bloom, was published in the Poiema Poetry Series of Cascade Press (2017). She was named Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry in 2015. She has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2016, Poetry in Medicine, Between Midnight and Dawn, Writing on Napkins at the Sunshine Club, and The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry. She has also published a book of literary criticism, Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body (Cambridge UP, 2006).

Silver was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Haverford College (BA, 1990) and Emory University (Ph.D., 1997). She is currently Professor of English at Mercer University, and lives in Macon, Georgia with her husband and son.

On the topic of beauty, Silver has written that “When I see or hear something beautiful, I feel it in my body and breath. Beauty exists everywhere, including in the midst of great suffering and pain; perhaps that kind of beauty is the most potent of all.” Her work engages with the trauma of chronic and terminal illness, and with religious faith and mystery, storytelling, memory, and the risks and rewards of being human.

She serves on the board of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation and is active in the cause of educating people about inflammatory breast and metastatic cancer.

Interview with Celeste Headlee, On Second Thought, Georgia Public Broadcasting

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