Biography

Ann Keniston is director of undergraduate studies and a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, with a specialty in American Poetry.  She is the author of two monographs, Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry (Iowa, 2015), the 2016 winner of the Warren-Brooks Award; and Overheard Voices: Address and Subjectivity in Postmodern American Poetry (Routledge, 2006). She has also published a poetry chapbook, November Wasps: Elegies (Finishing Line, 2013) and a collection of poems, The Caution of Human Gestures (David Robert Books, 2005), as well as many poems in journals, including, recently, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and Literary Imagination.  She has coedited three volumes: Literature after 9/11 (Routledge, 2008, with Jeanne Follansbee Quinn), The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology (McFarland, 2012, with Jeffrey Gray), and The News from Poems: Essays on the 21st-century American Poetry of Engagement (Michigan, Fall 2016, with Jeffrey Gray).  Twice a recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, she has received artist’s grants from the Nevada Arts Council, the Sierra Arts Foundation (NV), and the Somerville (MA) Arts Council.  She has recently completed a new collection of poems and is at work on a new monograph tentatively entitled “Economies of Scale: Capitalism and Containment in 21st-Century American Poetry” and a new poetry collection tentatively entitled “Uoriginal.” She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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