Competition: US & Canada
James Kimbrell was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1967. He has published three volumes of poetry: Smote (2015), My Psychic (2006), and The Gatehouse Heaven (1998), and was co-translator of Three Poets of Modern Korea: Yi Sang, Hahm Dong-Seon, and Choi Young-Mi (2002), all with Sarabande Books. His work has appeared in magazines such as Poetry, Ploughshares, Field, and Best American Poetry, 2012. He has been the recipient of the Discovery / The Nation Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Tallahassee where he is a professor in the creative writing program at Florida State University.
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