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Brian Henry

American poet Brian Henry is the author of five books Astronaut (short-listed for the Forward Prize), American Incident, Graft, Quarantine (winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award), and The Stripping Point. His work has been translated into Croatian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, and Slovenian. He has co-edited Verse since 1995. His translation of Toma alamuns Woods and Chalices appeared from Harcourt in 2008, and his translation of Ale tegers The Book of Things is forthcoming from BOA Editions.


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Brian Henry was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1972, and raised in Virginia. He has published more than 400 poems in magazines around the world, including The New Republic, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Grand Street, New American Writing, Poetry Review, and Jacket. His poetry has been collected in many anthologies and has been translated into Croatian, Polish, Serbian, Russian, and Slovenian. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia in 1997-98 and poetry editor of Meanjin that year.

In 2000, Arc Publications published his first book of poetry, Astronaut, which was subsequently shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Astronaut also appeared in Slovenia in translation from Mondena Publishing in 2000, and in the United States in 2002 from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Salt Publishing released his second book, the multi-genre American Incident, in 2002. His third book, Graft, appeared in 2003 from New Issues Press in the United States and from Arc in England. His fourth book, Quarantine, appeared from Ahsahta Press in 2006 and from Arc in 2009. Quarantine won the 2003 Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and has been translated into Serbian. His fifth book, The Stripping Point, was published by Counterpath Press in 2007. A limited edition book, In the Unlikely Event of a Water, appeared from Equipage in 2007.

Henry has reviewed poetry for the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The Yale Review, and Poetry Review, among other publications, and his critical essays have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and other magazines. Henry has co-edited Verse since 1995, and he co-edited The Verse Book of Interviews (2005).

Henry is also an active translator. His translation of the Slovenian poet Toma alamun’s Woods and Chalices appeared from Harcourt in 2008, and his translation of Ale teger’s The Book of Things is forthcoming from BOA Editions. His translations have appeared in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, the TLS, American Poetry Review, New American Writing, Boston Review, Poetry Review, North American Review, The New Republic, Jacket, and Poetry London. Henry has received numerous grants for his translations.


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Astronaut, (Arc), England, 2000 ISBN 1900072335
Astronaut, (Mondena), Slovenia, 2000
Astronaut, (Carnegie Mellon), USA, 2002 ISBN 0887483577
American Incident, (Salt), 2002 ISBN 1876857528
Graft (New Issues), USA, 2003 ISBN 1930974329
Graft (Arc), England, 2003 ISBN 1900072734
Quarantine, (Ahsahta), USA, 2006 ISBN 0916272885
Quarantine::Contagion, (Arc), England, 2009 ISBN 1094614736
Karantin, (Treci Trg), Serbia, 2010
The Stripping Point, (Counterpath), USA, 2007 ISBN 1933996013


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  • Fulbright Scholarship to Australia  Winner  1997
  • Forward Prize for Poetry  Short-listed  2000
  • George Bogin Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America  Winner  2001
  • Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, Poetry Society of America  Winner  2003
  • Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award  Winner  2006
  • Carole Weinstein Poetry Award  Winner  2006
  • Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences Translation Grant  Winner  2008
  • Slovenian Ministry of Culture Translation Grant  Winner  2008
  • Cecil B. Hemley Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America  Winner  2008
  • Forward Prize  Commended  2009
  • Slovenian Agency for the Book Translation Grant  Winner  2009
  • Treci Trg Prize, Belgrade, Serbia  Short-listed  2009


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