Brent Goodman 2020

BRENT GOODMAN is an award-winning American poet, multi-instrumentalist, editor, and teacher born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1971. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in English with Honors at Ripon College in 1993, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from Purdue University in 1996. He has twice received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board/National Endowment for the Arts, in 1998 and 2008.

His original music has been featured in film, theater, indie releases, and live performances since the mid-1980’s. His poetry has been honored with a Best of the Net Anthology Prize, a Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, plus nominations for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and numerous Pushcart Prizes over the years.

Most recently, Brent’s poetry has appeared in the anthologies Local News: Poetry About Small Towns, and New Resonance 11: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku.

Brent is the author of Far From Sudden (2013 Black Lawrence Press), The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (2009 Black Lawrence Press), and two chapbooks, Trees are the Slowest Rivers (1998 Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press), and Wrong Horoscope (1999 Thorngate Road), which won the 1999 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Competition, selected by William Reichard.

His poetry has been featured in Poetry, Diagram, Sou’wester, Modern Haiku, Court Green, Pleiades, The Heron’s Nest, Pank, Green Mountains Review, Frogpond, Diode, Contemporary American Voices, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry East, and Zone 3, among others.

Brent has served as a member of The Mill Paper & Book Arts Center, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, on the editorial boards for The Sycamore Review, The Blue Moon Review, Anti-, quarrtsiluni, Locuspoint, and most recently, editor of the international literary magazine Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu & Related Forms.

Brent Goodman lives in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where he is the founder of Whole Self Studios, an open space for healing, meditation, and creativity.


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