About the 2020 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Judge
Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, “The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee;” a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled “Intimate;” and five books of poetry: “A Crash of Rhinos”; “Six Girls Without Pant”; “The Invention of the Kaleidoscope”; “Animal Eye,” winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and “Imaginary Vessels,” which was a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize. Her latest nonfiction work, “The Broken Country,” won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. Her newest collection of poetry is “Nightingale.”
Her work has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship Trust and various state arts councils. Her poetry has been included in multiple editions of “The Best American Poetry” series, and she was guest editor for “Best American Poetry 2020.” She currently teaches at the University of Utah and is Utah’s poet laureate.