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Morgan Frank

2021 HONOREE

HELEN LOVES MORGAN'S: "Poetry which pushes the imagination into new worlds"

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of four collections of poems: Oh You Robot Saints! (2021).
Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country (2017), and The Spokes of Venus (2016), all
from Carnegie Mellon University Press, and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry, 2012),
a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poetry and prose have appeared such places
as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry
Ireland, Los Angeles Review of Books, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, and
elsewhere.

Frank’s next collection received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award
for a manuscript-in-progress. Other honors and awards include a Mississippi Arts Commission
Artist Fellowship; a Theodore and Jane Norman Fund Award from Brandeis University;
University of Southern Mississippi’s Faculty Innovation Award; and fellowships from such
places as the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ragdale
Foundation, Writers’ Room of Boston, and Catwalk. She is currently the writer-in-residence at
the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum in Oak Park.
Frank’s collaborations with composers have been exhibited and performed across the United
States. As co-founder and editor of Memorious: a journal of new verse & fiction, Frank co-
produces an art song contest that has brought together poets and composers for original works to
be created, recorded and published online, and premiered in live performances in Chicago and in
Nottingham, UK.

Frank began her creative life as a ballet dancer and left behind dancing to study at Barnard
College. She later earned degrees in literature and writing from Vassar College (BA), Emerson
College (MFA), and the University of Cincinnati (PhD), where she was an Elliston Fellow. She
has taught widely, including recently as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis
University and Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University. She also serves
on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and on the advisory board of the University
Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, she lives
on the edge of Chicago and teaches in the MFA Program in Prose & Poetry at Northwestern
University.