Joan Colby

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General Information

Name: Joan Colby

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry

Born: 1939 in Chicago



Illinois Connection

Colby was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in Elgin.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Colby has been widely published in journals including Poetry, Atlanta Review, GSU Review, Portland Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, Mid-American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Kansas Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, Minnesota Review, Western Humanities Review, College English, Another Chicago Magazine and many others.

Along with her published books listed below, Colby has also written the chapbooks Eleven Poems, Dream Tree, Chagall Poems and Beheading the Children. She has a new chapbook Bittersweet forthcoming in 2014 from Main Street Rag. Colby's poems have also been published in various anthologies including: What Have You Lost, Disenchantments:An Anthology of Modern Fairy Tale Poetry, The Poet Dreaming in the Artist's House and Fine China: 20 Years of Poetry From Earth's Daughters.

Colby has been a columnist, reporter for the Elgin Daily Courier-News, columnist for Copely News Service, Media Director for Amerad Advertising, reporter for Record Banner Newspapers, the editor of Illinois Racing News and The Equine Market, and associate editor of Kentucky Review and FutureCycle Press.

Published Works

  • Blue Woman Dancing in the Nerve, Alembic Press, 1979
  • How the Sky Begins to Fall, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1982
  • The Boundry Waters, Damascus Road Press, 1982
  • The Atrocity Book, Lynx House Press, 1984
  • The Lonely Hearts Killers, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1986
  • Dead Horses, FutureCycle Press, 2012
  • Selected Poems, FutureCycle Press, 2013
  • Properties of Matter, Aldrich Press, 2014
  • The Wingback Chair, FutureCycle Press, 2014
  • Ribcage, Glass Lyre Press, 2015
  • Broke, FutureCycle Press, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Blue Woman Dancing in the Nerve : poems

ISBN: 093418402X
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How the Sky Begins to Fall

ISBN: 0933180322
Release Date: 1982-09

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The Wingback Chair

ISBN: 1938853598
Release Date: 2014-08-16

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Literary Awards

Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature; Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, Stone County Award for Poetry, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry. Finalist in the 2007 GSU Poetry Contest. Honorable mention in the 2008 and 2010 James Hearst Poetry Contest(North American Review), Finalist in 2009 Margie Editor’s Choice Contest, Finalist in 2009 and 2012 Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize. 2013 Finalist in Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest. Illinois Arts Council Literary Award 2007 ”Selected Poems”

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Colby can be contacted via her email address or US Post at:

10N226 Muirhead Road

Elgin, IL 60124

External Links

Joan Colby on WorldCat


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