Amy King’s recent book, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. Of her latest from Litmus Press, I Want to Make You Safe, John Ashbery described her poems as bringing “abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.”  Safe was one of the Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011, and it was reviewed, among others, by the Poetry Foundation and the Colorado Review

King joins the ranks of Ann Patchett, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Barbara Bush, and Pearl Buck as the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the WNBA Award (Women’s National Book Association).  She was also honored by The Feminist Press as one of the “40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism” awardees, and she received the 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

I Want to Make You Safe was published by Litmus Press, 2011. Amy King is also the author of  Slaves to do These ThingsI’m the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, all from Blazevox Books, as well as The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press) and Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press).

King serves on the executive board of VIDA: Woman in Literary Arts and is currently co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology, BIG ENERGY POETS: ECOPOETRY THINKS CLIMATE CHANGE.  She also co-edited Bettering American Poetry 2015 (Bettering Books). She moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv (WOMPO) and the Goodreads Poetry! Group. She teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.  Her poems have been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and she has been the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry.  Amy King was also the 2007 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere.  Check her latest blog entries at Boston Review, Poetry Magazine and the Rumpus.

She co-edited Poets for Living Waters with Heidi Lynn Staples,  co-edited the PEN Poetry Series and Esque Magazine with Ana Bozicevic and, for many years, moderated the Poetics List, sponsored by The Electronic Poetry Center (SUNY-Buffalo/University of Pennsylvania).  She has also guest-lectured and conducted workshops at a number of colleges and universities, including Goddard College, Naropa University, RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), San Francisco State University, Slippery Rock University, and the Center for Women Writers at Salem College. 

Finally, King founded and curated, from 2006, the Brooklyn-based reading series, The Stain of Poetry, until 2010. Follow her here.


8 Comments Leave a comment

  1. i cant remember where i read a poem of yours but i know because a line struck me and it went something like this: “begin each day celebrating the hour of your conception & simultaneous abandonment of complete non-existence.” poem?

    ps:you should turn off the snap preview feature on the blog
    pps: i live quite near ncc, most people from my high school go there

  2. So, so much going on here. I think I’m gonna enjoy this…but it looks like it could take a while to get my mind around it all. Expect to see alot of me from now on. :)

  3. I once was lost
    but now you’re found

    I’ll take it as lucky
    better late as opposed
    to never

    where have you been?
    or where have I?

    anyway, I’m glad I found your blog, and I apologize ahead of time if I piss anyone off.

  4. Ah, Amy, I hope you won’t mind if I tell you what a good looking face you have. Nose eyes n mouth are real strong.

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