W.F. Lantry

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W.F. Lantry, a native of San Diego, received his Licence and Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice, M.A. from Boston University and PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He currently lives outside of Washington, DC.

His poetry collections are The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree 2012), winner of a 2013 Nautilus Award in Poetry, and a chapbook, The Language of Birds (Finishing Line Press 2011), a lyric retelling of Attar’s Conference of the Birds. A new collection The Book of Maps is forthcoming. Other publication credits encompass print and online journals and anthologies in more than twenty countries on five continents. He was the founding featured author of Eclectica, and new work has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Now Culture, Literal Latté, James Dickey Review, BLIP, protestpoems.org, Permafrost, Ellipsis, Descant (Canada), SOL (Mexico), Spilling Ink Review (Scotland), French Literary Review (France), Blue Print Review (Germany), Poetry Salzburg (Austria), Literary Bohemian (Czech Republic), Damazine (Syria), Blood & Honey (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), Voices Israel (Israel), Kritya (India), New Verse News (Indonesia), Chimaera (Australia), Flash Frontier (New Zealand), Asian Cha (China) and Aesthetica (UK).

He has given readings of his poetry in California, Massachusetts, Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. While in Nice, he participated in Interspace, a project seeking to unify Poetry, Philosophy, Music and Visual Art. As part of the Interspace project, he gave readings at the Musée Chéret and Galerie Ponchettes in Nice, Centre Pompidou in Paris, La Sapienza, Università di Roma in Italy and collaborated on a multi media event presented at the Roccabella in Monte Carlo under the patronage of Prince Albert. Recently he was featured at the Bowery Poetry Club Carmine Street Metrics Series and Fictionaut Reading at KGB in New York City; Whispered Words Anthology Reading in Ontario; the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival in Virginia; Bethesda Literary Festival Award Ceremony, Kensington Row Poetry Series and Kensington International Day of the Book Celebration in Maryland; and the Cha: An Asian Literary Journal AWP Reading at Harvard. He launched his first full length collection with a reading and reception at Poets House in New York City.

Recent honors include: a 2013 Nautilus Award in Poetry; in 2012 the Potomac Review Poetry Prize, Old Red Kimono LaNelle Daniel Prize, The Linnet’s Wing Audio Poetry Prize (Ireland) and the Inspired by Tagore Publication Prize (India); in 2011 the Crucible Editors’ Poetry Prize and Atlanta Review International Publication Prize; in 2010 the CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, Comment Magazine Poetry Award (Canada), Lindberg Foundation International Poetry for Peace Prize (Israel), and the National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry. He has been named finalist twice in the Premio Mundial Fernando Rielo de Poesía Mística (Spain).

Lantry worked with Carolyn Forché in California, where he founded and edited Eye Prayers, a small press journal of poetry. He taught for eight years at L’Université de Nice in France earning his License and Maîtrise in English Literature, Linguistics and Translation. Boston University awarded him a Fellowship to study with Derek Walcott and George Starbuck, who together directed his thesis; he received an M.A. in English and Creative Writing. He holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston where he worked with Donald Barthelme, Ed Hirsch, Mary Robison and Adam Zagajewski. He was the first in the program to complete a double dissertation, one in Fiction, one in Poetry. He has taught at 12 different Universities on two continents in a variety of fields, most often Literature and Rhetoric, but also in History, World Civilizations and Information Technology. He served as Director of Academic Technology at a research university in Washington, DC for 15 years. He served as contributing editor of Umbrella Journal, and currently is an associate fiction editor at JMWW, and an active member of the DC-Area Literary Translators network.

written by Kate Fitzpatrick September 2013

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