Brent Calderwood

San Francisco, CA

Author's Bio

Brent Calderwood is a Bay Area journalist and poet. His essays and reviews appear widely. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Journal, Poets & Artists, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Gertrude, Art & Understanding, modern words, and in the books Poets 11 and Solace in So Many Words. He serves as Bay Area editor for and Associate Editor for

Publications and Prizes


Poets 11
(San Francisco Public Library,
Divining Divas
(Lethe Press,


The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide
The Innisfree Poetry Journal
American Poetry Journal
Art & Understanding
Slow Trains
Black Robert Journal
Poets & Artists
The Cherry Blossom Review
Modern Words
2011: Winner, Atlanta Queer Lit Broadside Contest, Judge Mark Doty<br> 2011: Squaw Valley Community of Writers Fellowship 2010: Winner, San Francisco Public Library "Poets 11" contest, Sunset District section, judge Jack Hirschman 2008: Napa Valley Writers Conference Fellowship 2008: Lambda Literary Foundation Fellowship 2007: Lambda Literary Foundation Fellowship 2003: Stonewall Award for Creative Writing, San Francisco State University 2003: San Francisco Browning Society Dramatic Monlologue Award 2001: Finalist, Phelan Award from San Francisco Intersection for the Arts 1998: Charles Knebel Poetry Award

More Information

Listed as:
Gives readings? 
Travels for readings? 
Identifies as: 
European American, G/L/B/T, Scotch-Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Children, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, People with Disabilities, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Hayward, CA
Raised in: 
San Leandro, CA

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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Listing last updated: June 7, 2011.

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