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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 ironworker before finishing his education at Portland State University (BA, 1977) and the University of Montana Graduate Program in Creative Writing (MFA 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. He is 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 forested areas of southeast Nebraska which have oak-hickory forests that are in the last out-growth 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."

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