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2013 Book Festival Author
Max Garland

Author Max Garland is noted for his ability to portray meaningful moments in human experience through the use of commonplace items and everyday situations. The Postal Confessions, his first collection of poetry, was influenced by his years of working as a rural mail carrier and received the Juniper Prize for Poetry. Hunger Wide as Heaven, his second collection, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition. His writing has been described as radiant and containing both elegy and celebration.

In addition to his position as professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Garland is Wisconsin Poet Laureate, serving 2013-2014. In making its selection, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission praised Garland's work for its "richness of language, human understanding, and accessibility to broad audiences."

Among his other awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a James Michener Fiction Fellowship, two Wisconsin Arts Board Literary Fellowships, and the Arts and Letters Poetry Prize (2004). His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in such publications as Poetry, Ploughshares, New England Review, Crazy Horse, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Short Stories. Garland grew up in western Kentucky and now lives and teaches in Eau Claire.

For More Information

Read an interview with Max Garland in Volume One

Read the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission announcement

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