Don Illich

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Donald Illich was born in Mississippi and raised in a military family that moved around the Eastern United States. He has a Bachelor's in Journalism from Ohio University and a Master's in Literature from Illinois State University. He studied with writers such as Wayne Dodd, Eve Shelnutt, Curtis White, and David Foster Wallace. Illich moved to the D.C. area in 2000 for a Federal job as a writer-editor.

Illich has been President of the Federal Poets since 2012, and is a frequent reader at venues around the D.C. area, including Iota, Busboys and Poets, Cafe Muse, Miller Cabin Reading Series, and Kensington Row Bookshop. He was selected as a finalist for the Gold Wake Press Open Reading and for the Washington Writers' Publishing House Poetry Contest. He has been a judge for the Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition for Word Works and was named Honorable Mention in Word Works' Washington Prize Competition. He has published poetry in Beltway Poetry Quarterly and his work was featured in a Washington Post Magazine story on the Federal Poets and D.C. poetry.

Illich's work has appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, LIT, Nimrod, Passages North, Rattle, Sixth Finch, Memoir(and), West Wind Review, failbetter, Del Sol Review, Roanoke Review, Anti-, The Brooklyner, The Distillery, Barrelhouse, Folio, Hubbub, Hobble Creek Review, The South Carolina Review, Cream City Review, Coconut, Steel Toe Review, Sink Review, In Posse Review, and Barnaby Jones. He has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize and received a scholarship from the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference. He self-published a chapbook, Rocket Children, in 2012. A chapbook from Finishing Line Press, The Art of Dissolving, will be published in Fall 2016.

He currently lives in Rockville, MD.

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Written by Donald Illich September 2013, updated July 2016

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