January O'Neil

43 Parramatta RoadBeverly, MA 01915
Phone: 
978-239-2598
E-mail: 
Website: 
poetmom.blogspot.com

Author's Bio

January Gill O’Neil is the author of two poetry collections, MISERY ISLANDS and UNDERLIFE, published by CavanKerry Press. A third collection, REWILDING, will be published by CavanKerry Press in fall 2018. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and board of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). With Ben Berman, she co-edits poetry for the literary magazine Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. Previously, January was a senior writer/editor at Babson College. She earned her BA from Old Dominion University and her MFA at New York University. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Publications and Prizes

Book

Underlife
(CavanKerry Press,
2009)
Misery Islands
(CavanKerry Press,
2014)

Journal

Literary Mama
Can We Have Our Ball Back
Seattle Review
Callaloo
Field
Crab Orchard Review
Literal Latte
Stuff Magazine
Drunken Boat
Crab Creek Review
Ouroboros Review
The MOM Egg
Ploughshares
Rattle
Paterson Literary Review
New England Review
American Poetry Review
Sou'wester
Paterson Literary Review
North American Review
Prairie Schooner
New England Review
Harvard Review
TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics
Green Mountains Review
Prizes: 
MISERY ISLANDS was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. It was selected by Mass Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book for 2015 and won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award. UNDERLIFE was a finalist for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, and the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. In December 2009, January was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant. In 2012, her poem, "Chocolate, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Norfolk, VA
Raised in: 
Norfolk, VA

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Listing last updated: June 6, 2016.