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I received my MFA in Poetry from the University of Alabama in 2004. Since then, I have authored four full-length poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). In 2015, I released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays; contributors include Michael Earl Craig, Juliana Spahr, G.C. Waldrep and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, among others. My poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The American Poetry Review, jubilat, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, and The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow Books, 2014). My creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Recently, I completed Destruction of Man, a book-length poem about farming; presently, I have begun a poetry manuscript about cranes--birds whose song and stature electrify me. I am honored to lend a hand in my community and state through the cohosting of a local open mic, the hosting of Slash Pine events, and the curation of poetry at the Alabama Book Festival.