Linda Bierds’s seventh book of poetry,
First Hand, was published in 2005 by Putnam. Her other
six volumes include The Seconds (Putnam, 2001); The
Profile Makers (1997),
The Ghost Trio (1994), Heart and Perimeter (1991),
Stillness, the Dancing (1988), all from Henry Holt; and Flights
of the Harvest-Mare (Ahsahta, 1985). Her prizes
include the PEN/West Poetry Award and the Washington State Governor’s
Writers Award (both for The
Profile Makers), two grants from the National Endowment for
the Arts, four Pushcart Prizes, the Consuelo Ford Award from the
Society of America, a 1995 Notable Book Selection from the American
Library Association (for The Ghost Trio), and fellowships
from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Artist Trust Foundation
and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 1998 she
was named a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Her poems appear in such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, FIELD,
Gulf Coast, The Journal, The Kenyon Review, New
The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, and The Virginia
which awarded her the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry in 2004.
She is Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities
at the University of Washington.
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