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Poet TIM SKEEN was born in the coal mining region of eastern Kentucky. After working as a soldier and a laborer, he went to college and eventually earned a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. In 1996, he returned to Appalachia to teach. His poems have won awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Associated Writing Programs, and they have appeared in many magazines and journals including The Antioch Review, the Journal of Kentucky Studies, and Prairie Schooner. He is a recipient of a 1999 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. His collection of poems Kentucky Swami won the 2001 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and was published by (BkMk Press out of University of Missouri — Kansas City. He lives in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, with his wife, Pam Weiner, and daughter Iris.

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