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Joan Houlihan is author of four books of poetry, most recently, Ay (Tupelo Press, 2014). Her previous books are: The Us, named a must-read book of 2009 by Massachusetts Center for the Book, The Mending Worm, winner of the 2005 Green Rose Award from New Issues Press, and Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays. In addition to publishing in a wide array of leading journals, including Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Review and Gulf Coast, she has served as critic and editor at a series of online magazines, most recently Contemporary Poetry Review. Her critical essays are archived online at bostoncomment.com. Her poems have been anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press) and The Book of Irish-American Poetry–Eighteenth Century to Present (University of Notre Dame Press). She is the founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, a one-of-a-kind program that provides poets with feedback from mentor poets and editors to help set their manuscripts on the path to publication. She has taught at Columbia University and Emerson College and she currently teaches part-time at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and serves on the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA program in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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