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CHARLES FORT’S forthcoming books include We Did Not Fear The Father (New and Selected Poems), Red Hen Press (2010) and Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz, New and Selected Prose Poems, Volumes 1 and 2, Backwaters Press (2010-2011), with elements of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir. Fort’s poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2003, The Best American Poetry 2000, Best of Prose Poem International, The American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry, and other places, including twenty-one anthologies. Carnegie Mellon University Press reprinted his first book, The Town Clock Burning, under its Classic Contemporary Series. His other books include Darvil, St Andrews Press, and Frankenstein Was A Negro, Loganhouse Press. A MacDowell Fellow, Fort attended the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference in 1972 and 1974, and the Cranbrook Writers’ Conference in 1971, 1972, and 1973. He holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University, and he has taught courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Creative Writing in Poetry and Fiction, Harlem Renaissance, Twentieth Century British and American Literature, Contemporary Poetics, and Seminar in Prosody. He is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Writer’s Voice: Open Poetry Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, and The Mary Carolyn Davis Memorial Award. Fort held the Paul W and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Chair in Poetry at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (1997-2007). He is writing his first novel: The Last Black Hippie in Connecticut.

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