Barrett Warner is one of those people who never drinks enough water, and he writes as if he's always a little bit thirsty. In his decades of marginal lifestyle, loyalty to the land, and dedication to everyday tumults, Warner wages a contest between nonsense and classic form.
Although he's an MFA graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, rather than pursue an academic career he has spent the past 30 years getting kicked for a living at stock farms and race tracks. In 2014 he won the Chris Toll Memorial prize and the Cloudbank prize for his poems, as well as the Salamander fiction prize for a "relationship story," the kind of story that almost never wins anything, according to judge, Jennifer Haigh. Previously, Warner's poem "Two Hands" was selected by Jane Hirshfield for the Liam Rector prize, and he also won the Princemere poetry prize. In 2015, he won the Tucson Festival of Books essay prize for his Tuberculosis memoir, My Thousand Year Old Disease. Warner is also the author of two chapbooks, My Friend Ken Harvey, and `Til I'm Blue in the Face.
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