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ERIK CAMPBELL

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ERIK CAMPBELL is a native Nebraskan and former English teacher turned technical writer. His poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Massachusetts Review, New Delta Review, Tin House, Nimrod, Rattle, and other journals. His essay, “Shirtless Days,” was a finalist for the 2004 Iowa Award in Literary Nonfiction, and he was nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize in poetry. His first full-length collection of poems,
Arguments for Stillness, will be published by Curbstone Press in April 2006 in a Curbstone/Rattle edition.
Since 2002 he and his wife have lived in Papua, Indonesia, where they work for an American mining company. In 2003, he was poisoned by some nefarious aquatic life form while vacationing on a remote Papuan island, and, despite the pain and swelling, decided the experience was better than running across a group of cannibals (see Michael Rockefeller and the 1961 Harvard-Peabody Baliem Valley Expedition).



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