I wish. I write words.

Alicia Wright


Alicia Wright is from Rome, Georgia. She attended Middlebury College; she lived in Brooklyn and worked at the Strand, as a literary scout, and as part of a publishing startup. She's been awarded a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. At present, she's a PhD candidate in English & Literary Arts at the University of Denver, and serves as Poetry Editor for Denver Quarterly. Beginning this summer, she will serve as the Denver Quarterly Editorial Fellow (Associate Editor).


*Readings & Conferences

SAMLA 2020: "Documentary Practices, Lyric Impulses, Confessional Outcomes: [Re]Configuring an Adaptive Poetry Practice", for the panel "Courting Scandal, Risking Truth: Creative Writers on the Pleasures and Limits of Self-Disclosure"

New Orleans Poetry Festival, Panel: Sites of History, Direction and Space in Poetry and Poetics with Emily Barton Altman and Kelly Krumrie

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900: Creative Panel

MLA 2020 presentation: "Remixing, Refusals, and Reinterrogtions in Contemporary Southern Experimental Poetry", for the panel "Are We in a New Southern Literary Renaissance?"

*Essays, Reviews, Interviews, and Critical Writing

The Quiet Crises of Éireann Lorsung's The Century

Zaina Alsous's De-Extinction

Full Stop: Review of Rue by Kathyrn Nuernberger

The Ecopoetics of Tracy Zeman's Empire

The Historical Imperatives of Metta Sáma's Swing At Your Own Risk

Kimiko Hahn's Sincere Assemblages

Form, Sound, and Thought in Pimone Triplett's Supply Chain

Denise Levertov's Politics and Poetics

my (small press) writing day: a short essay

Lyric essay in Avidly, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books: "On Writing About Dorothy Wordsworth’s The Grasmere Journal"

This, being absorbed: Gale Marie Thompson's Soldier On, reviewed at Heavy Feather Review


Interview with Indiana Review

Contributor Spotlight in The Southeast Review

Interview with New South

*News & Media

"First Eclogue" appears in The Orison Anthology 2018

"Jane in Starving Time" selected by Shane McCrae as Winner of the 2017 Wabash Prize in Poetry. Read his response here!

Read "Night Habit", featured by Poetry Daily

Hear Ross Gay read "His Father's Wake" on Indiana Review's Bluecast!


New Delta Review: "Years Later I Buy Two of Your Paintings"

Prelude: "Sotweed Factor Danse Macabre", in print: "Insect Plague Halts Cars"

New South: "We Are Always Both in the Field," Winner of the 2015 New Writing Contest selected by Roger Reeves, nominated for a Pushcart Prize

The Southeast Review: "Elegy for Marilyn With Streaks of Silver" and "Self Portrait as St. Peter's Youth Group Member"

The Literary Review: "Origin Story" and "Elegy With a Man's Hands in the Garden"

Indiana Review: "His Father's Wake", selected by Camille Rankine for their 2016 Poetry Prize

Southern Humanities Review: "On the Morning I Know I Know Walnut Grove Plantation, 2014" and "Cloud of Unknowing", finalists for the 2016 Auburn Witness Prize

The Iowa Review: "Opal Reunion"

Ecotone: "Photograph: Alice Allgood Cooper on Her Wedding Trip, 1888", "First Eclogue", "Cotton Block"

Radar Poetry: "Moon Children" and "Benediction On Her Birthday Morning"

Poetry Northwest: "You're Called By The Same Sound" and "Night Habit"

Yalobusha Review: "Lux Aurumque", "Wreath", "Downshift"

Flag + Void: "Untitled, Rome (1962)", "Honey in the Rock"

The Greensboro Review: "Removal Fort"

Sycamore Review: "Jane in Starving Time", selected by Shane McCrae for the 2017 Wabash Prize in Poetry

Scalawag: "Okefenokee" and "Never Lived in the City"

The Account: "Compress Pastoral", "Buckshot", "Irradiation"

Action, Spectacle: "War Theory", "Subject Matter Comes Winging Towards Them", "Human Bone, Worn Lyre"

West Branch: "Requiem with Flamingo Flock"

Crazyhorse: "Eclogue in Rills, 1944" and "Wraparound"

The Boiler: "Town Under Lake"

cream city review: "Undated Incidents Concerning Occupation" and "In My Father's House There Are Many Houses"

Tinderbox Poetry Journal: "Sotto Voce, Abandoned Barn"

forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal: "From Grass to Grass"

forthcoming in The Paris Review: "Everything That Rises"

forthcoming in jubilat: "Eulogy at Headwaters"

forthcoming in DIAGRAM: "Sister", "Freshly Painted Cabinets", "Anamnesis" (fiction)


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Work with me! I am available for poetry manuscript consultations. Based on my professional experience, my editing and feedback style is deeply developmental, detail-oriented, rigorous, passionate, and focused on bringing both writer and manuscript to greater clarity and expression. I adhere to market rates, though this is negotiable depending on length and number of consultations, which can take place either in person, over the phone, or Skype. Testimonials and references can be provided upon request.