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Poteat- Bio

Joshua Poteat’s first manuscript Ornithologies won the 2004 Anhinga Poetry Prize, judged by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Campbell McGrath (published in 2006). He was also awarded the Poetry Society of America’s 2004 National Chapbook Award for Meditations, judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver.

Over the last few years he has won prizes/fellowships from American Literary Review, Bellingham Review, Columbia, Marlboro Review, Nebraska Review, River City, Hunger Mountain, San Francisco State University / American Poetry Archives, Vermont Studio Center, The Millay Colony, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Universities West Press, and many others. Joshua’s poems have been nominated for many Pushcart Prizes, and from 2003-2006, his work was part of an international traveling exhibition of painting and poetry, Pivot Points, which featured three generations of painters and poets, including Larry Levis, Dave Smith, and others.

His second manuscript, Illustrating the Machine that Makes the World: From J.G. Heck's 1851 Pictorial Archive of Nature and Science, was accepted as a part of the newly revamped Contemporary Poets Series from the University of Georgia Press/Virginia Quarterly Review (publication date TBA). Poems from the second manuscript won the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize from Hunger Mountain, and have been recently published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, American Letters & Commentary, Quarterly West, Bat City Review, Typo, Copper Nickel, Backwards City Review, Handsome, and others.

Originally from Hampstead, North Carolina, Joshua lives in Richmond, Virginia, with the writer Allison Titus and their two pugs. He works as an editor of assorted texts, including art history monographs, junk mail, and TV/radio scripts.