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ART HOMER was born in the Missouri Ozarks in 1951.
He spent his childhood
there and in the Pacific Northwest of California and Oregon.
He worked on
forest trail crews, as an animal caretaker, and as a journeyman
before finishing his education at Portland State University (BA, 1977)
and the University of Montana Graduate Program in Creative
in 1979) where he studied with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and Tess
Gallagher. He worked for two years in the Montana Poets in the Schools.
He has been editor of Portland Review, CutBank, and SmokeRoot Press,
and has taught at several colleges and universities. At the University of
Nebraska at Omaha Writer's Workshop since 1982, and its current chair, he teaches creative
writing (poetry and nonfiction) and edits The Nebraska Review.
the recipient of a 1998 NEA Writing Fellowship, a
1995 Individual Artist Fellowship from Nebraska Arts
Council, and a Regents Professorship from the University of Nebraska.
Homer's nonfiction book, The Drownt Boy: An Ozark Tale (University of
Missouri Press, 1994) was published as a finalist for the AWP Award in
Creative Nonfiction. His most recent of four poetry collections is
Sight Is No Carpenter (WordTech Communications, 2005). His books have been
reviewed in The Bloomsbury Review, Iowa Review, LA Times Book Review,
Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Des Moines Register, Kansas City
Star, Western American Literature, Western Humanities Review, and
elsewhere. His poems and essays have appeared recently or are forthcoming
in Agni, Georgia Review, Journal of the American Medical Association,
Midwest Quarterly, North American Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and
Southern Review. He received a 1995 Pushcart Prize, and is the proud
owner of a house, a dog, a pickup, and a plot of land. He is married to
Alison Wilson, the publisher of Nosila Press, a fine art press, and lives
near Beatrice. "I've lived in Omaha and written about the town and the local
environs for about the last twelve years. I'm attached to the riverine
areas of southeast Nebraska which have oak-hickory forests that are in the
onto the plains of the Ozark forest I knew in early childhood.
Other things and places I have written about include flyfishing near
Vermillion, SD, pheasant hunting near Wayne and Columbus, and cooking
and eating (of course) in Omaha."