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Rae Gouirand is the author of two collections of poetry, Glass is Glass Water is Water (Spork Press, 2018) and Open Winter (winner of the Bellday Prize, Bellday Books, 2011); the chapbooks Little Hour (winner of the Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest, Swan Scythe Press, 2022), Jinx (winner of the Summer Kitchen Competition, Seven Kitchens Press, 2019), and Must Apple (winner of the Oro Fino Competition, Educe Press, 2018); and a short work of nonfiction, The History of Art (winner of the Open Reading Competition, The Atlas Review, 2019). Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bennington Review, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, diode, Foglifter, jubilat, The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, Spinning Jenny, Under a Warm Green Linden, ZYZZYVA, two volumes of the Best New Poets series, Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology, and many other journals and anthologies nationwide.
An alumna of Bryn Mawr College and the MFA program at the University of Michigan, she has received fellowships for her poetry and nonfiction from the Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Kalani, Willapa Bay AiR, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the In Cahoots Artists’ Residency, as well as awards from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation for outstanding work by emerging poets. A leader in community-based programming for writers, she leads several longrunning independent workshops in northern California and online, including her cross-genre workshop Scribe Lab. She has lectured in the Department of English since 2012.