- M.F.A., Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College, 1999
- B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995
Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of prose and poetry, including, most recently, Proxies: Essays Near Knowing, published in 2016 by Nightboat Books and in 2017 by Picador UK. Part cultural studies, part dicey autobiography, the book received a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Memoir/Biography. His full-length collections of poetry are Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A Several World (Nightboat Books), which received the Academy of American Poet’s 2014 James Laughlin Award and was a long-list finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. His honors also include a Howard Foundation Fellowship.
His literary essays and poetry have appeared in many publications, including Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, Oxford American, The Paris Review, Lana Turner, StoryQuarterly, Brick, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Guernica, A Public Space, and Chicago Review.
He has taught creative writing and literature at The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The University of Montana, Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design, and The University of Arizona in Tucson, where he was also host of Speedway and Swan, a poetry-and-music program on KXCI Community Radio. Before and between teaching fulltime, he worked in book and magazine publishing, including editorial posts at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Fence. He is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Idaho.
- Proxies: Essays Near Knowing (Nightboat Books, 2016)
- A Several World (Nightboat Books, 2014)
- Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004)
- Correction. (chapbook, Essay Press, 2016)
- The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (Spork Press, 2013)
Poems, literary essays, and criticism published in the anthologies American Poets in the 21st Century, 2nd Edition, ed. Claudia Rankine and Michael Dowdy (Wesleyan University Press, 2017); The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from the Paris Review (Penguin, 2015); The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde (Nightboat, 2014); and in numerous magazines and journals including Harper’s Magazine, The Oxford American, The Nation, BOMB, Bookforum, Brick, A Public Space, StoryQuarterly, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, and Chicago Review.
- Recipient, Whiting Award in Nonfiction, 2016
- Finalist, Lambda Literary Award for Gay Biography/Memoir, 2016
- Recipient, George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship, Poetry, 2015
- Recipient, The James Laughlin Award in Poetry, Academy of American Poets, 2014
- Finalist, longlist, The National Book Award for Poetry, 2014
- Literary Nonfiction
- Life Writing
- The Essay
- Cultural Semiotics
- Poetry Writing
- Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
- Queer Literature and Theory