Friday, June 19, 1998

Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot, the recipient of the 1996 William Stafford Fellowship in Poetry from Oregon Literary Arts, is the author of two collections of poems, Music Appreciation (University Press of Florida, 1994) and Poppies (from Story Line Press and Silverfish Review, 1994). Both books were finalists for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry.

Skloot’s other awards include fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts and the Illinois Arts Council; the Emily Dickenson Award of the Poetry Society of America, and writing residencies from Centrum Villa Vontalvo, and the Heinrich Boll Foundation of Ireland. His poetry appeared has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, The New Criterion, The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Iowa Review, New England Review and others in America, Ireland, Wales, England and Canada.

In addition to his poetry, Skloot is the author of three novels: Pilgrim’s Harbor (1992), Summer Blue (published by Story Line Press in 1994) and Open Door (also published by Story Line Press, in 1997). He also wrote a collection of essays about illness called The Night-Side, which was named one of the best books of 1996 by New Age Journal and was a finalist for the 1997 Oregon Book Award in Literary Nonfiction. His prose work has appeared in The Best American Essays of 1993 and American Scholar, The Antioch Review, Runner’s World, Boulevard, Virginia Quarterly, Southwest Review and Commonweal. He is a regular book reviewer for the Portland Oregonian.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947, Skloot was educated at Franklin and Marshall College where he received a BA, and at Southern Illinois University where he received his MA studying with the Irish poet Thomas Kinsella and the late novelist John Gardner. He currently lives in Amity, Oregon.

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