BRENT GOODMAN is an award-winning American poet, music producer, and teacher born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1971. He earned his BA in English at Ripon College in 1993, and an 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 late 80’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.

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 writing 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.

Most recently, Brent’s poetry has appeared in the anthologies Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, Local News: Poetry About Small Towns, and New Resonance 11: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku.

Brent has served as a member of The Mill Paper & Book Arts Center, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, on the editorial teams for The Sycamore Review, The Blue Moon Review, Anti-, quarrtsiluni, Locuspoint, and was the 2019-2020 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, a collaborative space for healing, meditation, and creativity.


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