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Alicia Wright


Alicia Wright is from Rome, Georgia. She holds a BA from 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 student in Literary Arts at the University of Denver, and serves as Conversations Editor for Denver Quarterly.


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

June 30th, 2019: Reading at Counterpath (Denver, CO) for the Reproductive Justice Reading and Fundraiser; my chapbook evaluation service will be available through auction. All proceeds will support the Yellowhammer Fund and Planned Parenthood. More details to come!

"First Eclogue" appears in The Orison Anthology 2018

September 18th, 2018, 6:00 at the University of Wyoming Art Museum: 5x5 Reading Series.

April 12th, 2018, Vicki Myhren Gallery, Denver: Poets in the Gallery. Read alongside poets Alicia Mountain and Justin Wymer.

"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

November 17th, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Reading at Counterpath Press with Lisa Olstein, Alison Cobb, and Eszter Takacs

Interview with Indiana Review

April 7th, 2017: Mission Creek Festival 7th Annual Lit Crawl

October 9th, 2016: Iowa City Book Festival, Rescue Press Reading.

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

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

Contributor Spotlight in The Southeast Review

Interview with New South


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 Blog: "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)" and "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"

forthcoming in West Branch: "Requiem with Flamingo Flock"


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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.