"Katie Ford is a brilliant poet whose work has received wide acclaim for its music and its range of emotional intelligence and spiritual depth."
"Among the best poets of our generation.”
Poetry Feature at LitHub
Recent Interviews with The Millions and Poetry International
Must-read poetry pick, The Millions
July Book Club Pick, The Rumpus
Katie Ford is the author of four books of poems: Deposition; Colosseum; Blood Lyrics; and If You Have to Go, all published by Graywolf Press.
Blood Lyrics was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Rilke Prize. Colosseum was named among the “Best Books of 2008” by Publishers Weekly and the Virginia Quarterly Review and led to a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Prize. International invitations to read and lecture include festivals in Tunis, Morocco, Oslo, and Stockholm.
She completed graduate work in world religions and poetry at Harvard University, and, following that, received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, and the Norton Introduction to Literature.
She has taught poetry and creative writing for seventeen years around the country--at Loyola University New Orleans, Reed College, Franklin & Marshall College, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Community of Writers, and at numerous festivals and residencies. She teaches at the University of California, Riverside where she is a Professor of Creative Writing and served as Director of the MFA Program from 2015-18.
Please contact her at email@example.com
If You Have To Go
Graywolf Press, August, 2018.
Cover art by Candace Jahn
“This is nothing less than a full dramatic monologue with innuendo, philosophy, interior soliloquy. The spectrum of emotions ranges from dispassion, to passion, to acceptance, to inquiry, anddisbelief, and more. A lesser poet would have descended into pity but Ford will have none of that when, instead, she can build a home from a kingdom of words to live in and rule magnificently.”--Grace Cavalieri,
Washington Independent Review of Books
“A distinct and powerful voice in American poetry. . . . This is a complex, riveting, and heartbreaking book.”
Graywolf Press, 2014
Graywolf Press, 2008
Discussed by David Rigsbee in The Cortland Review
Graywolf Press, 2002
"All I Ever Wanted," Academy of American Poets (with audio)
"Song After Sadness," Academy of American Poets
"Throats of Guantanamo," Academy of American Poets
"Koi," Academy of American Poets
"Colosseum," Academy of American Poets
"Sonnet 37," LitHub
"The Fire," Academy of American Poets
"Iridescent Lake," The Los Angeles Review
"Sonnet 11," The American Poetry Review
"Earth," The Paris Review
"The Soul," Poetry Foundation
"Children's Hospital," Poetry Foundation
"Psalm 40," The Southern Humanities Review
Selected Poems, Virginia Quarterly Review
The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology
by Ann Keniston (Author, Editor), Jeffrey Gray
This anthology of poetry collects 21st century American works by both established and emerging poets that deal with the public events, government policies, ecological and political threats, economic uncertainties, and large-scale violence that have largely defined the century to date.
Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion
by Inc. Academy of American Poets
For 80 years, the Academy of American Poets has been one of the most influential and respected champions of contemporary American poetry. Through their successful Poem-a-Day online program, the Academy continues to celebrate verse by delivering poems to thousands of e-mail subscribers each morning. Now for the first time, the poems selected by the Academy for this program are available in book form so that they can be collected and savored.
Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century
by Michael Dumanis (Editor), Cate Marvin (Editor)
This groundbreaking anthology offers a broad and representative introduction to some of the most exciting, fresh voices on the contemporary poetry landscape by gathering together generous selections from the work of 85 younger American poets.
The Norton Introduction to Literature (Shorter and Longer 12th Editions)
by Kelly J. Mays (Editor)
The Norton Introduction to Literature, Shorter 12th Edition, is a diverse, flexible, and balanced text that offers the most carefully edited apparatus and the most interesting and useful treatment of the contexts of literature. A best seller since its first edition, The Norton Introduction to Literature continues to meet the needs of today’s students and instructors, offering trusted guidance for analyzing texts, writing thoughtfully, and appreciating literature.
Includes "Still Life" by Katie Ford, first published in The New Yorker and in Blood Lyrics.
Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections
by Arielle Greenberg (Editor), Rachel Zucker (Editor)
Imagine being a young poet, nurturing your craft without the benefit of established mentors. Imagine having never been in a class taught by a woman poet or not having a bookshelf filled with books written by living women poets. Luckily, young women poets today don’t have to. Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker’s Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections collects both personal essays and representative poems by women born after 1960 whose careers were influenced—directly or indirectly—by the women who preceded them.
Writing About the City: New Orleans, Destruction,and the Duty of the Poet
Visibility Is Poor: Elizabeth Bishop’s Obsessive Imagery and Mystical Unsaying
New York Times Book Review
The Cortland Review
The Millions, with Nick Rapatrazone
Poetry International, with Ilya Kaminsky
I Care if You Listen, with Jeremiah Cawley
Front Porch Journal
Devil's Lake, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vela Noche, 3/3: VOLUME 1, SET 2 (photographs by Magdalena Sole, poems by Katie Ford)
David Serkin Ludwig, composer,
"Our Long War," poem by Katie Ford
World Premiere: Lake Champlain Music Festival, 2013
Carnegie Hall, Memesis Ensemble
David Serkin Ludwig, composer
"Still Life," poem by Katie Ford
World Premiere: Chicago, IL 2013
"The Anchoress," a monodrama with text by Katie Ford and music by David Serkin Ludwig, composer; Pifarro Renaissance Band and Prism Quartet, instrumentalists; Hyunah Yu, soprano
World Premiere, Philadelphia October 17, 2018 (Review by the Philadelphia Inquirer)
"The Anchoress" in:
The New Yorker
My/Ma Scena by Charles Geyer
Recorded concert here
Katie Ford teaches at the University of California, Riverside
and directed the MFA Program from 2015-2018
MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts
The Department of Creative Writing at UCR offers the only Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing in the University of California system and MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. It is a growing and dynamic program made up entirely of established writers and poets. Courses at UCR are designed for all students in the language arts, and they emphasize developing each student's skills and talents. Through writing fiction, poetry, nonfiction and/or drama, students examine language and meaning both as practitioners and as readers as they develop and hone essential writing techniques.
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Katie Ford has consulted with poets and essayists on their manuscripts for over a decade. Please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in editing and one-on-one mentorship via correspondence method of your choice (mail, email, Zoom or phone).
For readings/events, please contact
Karen Gu, Publicity Associate at Graywolf Press: email@example.com
For manuscript consultation, please use the form below or email directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright 2018 by Katie Ford